Bracero

Bracero appears in the Rise Again songbook. 

Chords may be found here

Wade into the river, through the rippling shallow water
Steal across the thirsty border, bracero
Come bring your hungry bodies to the golden fields of plenty
From a peso to a penny, bracero

Oh, welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you

Come labor for your mother, for your father and your brother
For your sisters and your lover, bracero
Come pick the fruit of yellow, break the flower from the berry
Purple grapes will fill your belly, bracero

Oh, welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you

And the sun will bite your body, as the dust will draw you thirsty
While your muscles beg for mercy, bracero
In the shade of your sombrero, drop your sweat upon the soil
Like the fruit your youth can spoil, bracero

Oh, welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you

When the weary night embraces, sleep in shacks that could be cages
They will take it from your wages, bracero
Come sing about tomorrow with a jingle of the dollar
And forget your crooked collar, bracero

Oh, welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you

And the local men are lazy, and they make too much of trouble
Besides we’d have to pay the double, bracero
But if you feel you’re fallin’, if you find the pace is killing
There are others who are willing, bracero

Oh, welcome to California
Where the friendly farmer will take care of you

bracero-crd-phil-ochs

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s