brown-skinned girl

(1) She gets up early to work the fields, oh the sun gets hot

Fruit is heavy on the vine, got to pick it before it rots

A buck for a basket keeps her movin’, it’s the only job she’s got

It doesn’t really matter how hard she works, she never earns a lot

 

Chorus

Brown-skinned girl with raven hair, Spanish is your mother tongue

Your youth will vanish in the fields like a song that’s never sung

 

(2) She came up here from Mexico, when things down there went bad

She had a dream of a different life, better than the one she had

Her father and brothers had been here before but it’s harder now gettin’ in

She’s afraid of goin’ home’, she might never make it back again   Chorus

 

Bridge

Yes they want the sweat of your brow, your body young and strong

They’ll chew you up and spit you out, who’s to say it’s wrong?

Who’s to say?

 

(3) She’s never been to high school, she can barely read or write

Lives in a busted trailer and it’s crowded every night

She worries about La Migra, they can show up any time at all

And then she’s south of the border again and that’s too far to fall  Chorus

 

Coda

She gets up early to work the fields, oh the sun gets hot

Fruit is heavy on the vine, got to pick it before it rots

 

 

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