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Steve Earle – What's A Simple Man To Do? lyrics

(Steve Earle)

Dear Graciela, I'm writin' this letter
Deep in the night and I'm all alone
It's nearly breakin' my heart to tell you
I'm so far away from home
I know I said I'd never cross the border
I know I promised to return to you
But I lost my job in the maquiladora
What's a simple man to do?

I met a man in Tijuana
Said he had a job for me to do
Standin' on a corner in San Diego
With a pocketful of red balloons
All I wanted was a little money
All I needed was a week or two
I never even saw the police comin'
What's a simple man to do?

Tell my mamma that I said I'm sorry
I know she didn't bring me up this way
Ask if she could light a candle for me
Pray that I'll come home someday
Oh Graciela, won't you please forgive me
I never meant to bring this shame to you
I lost my job in the maquiladora
What's a simple man to do?

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    Nafta blues in a letter home from a displaced maquiladora worker who gets caught smuggling drugs unto San Diego and sent up for a mandatory-minimum sentence in a us prison. Interesting twist on the nafta debate, with an unspoken volume or two about the drug war and the relationship between nationality and class and law and economics. Hints of narco-corrido and Appalachian twang, with a mandolin(?) for accompaniment.
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