Capo 2nd fret Intro:Em Em D Wade into the river, through the rippling shallow watter C B7 Steal across the thirsty border, bracero Em D Come bring your hungry bodies to the golden fields of plenty C B7 From a peso to a penny, bracero C D G Em Oh, Welcome to California Am D Em Where the friendly farmer will take care of you Come labor for your mother, your father and your brother For your sister 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 thristy 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
Chords supplied by Jim Lesses and corrected (twice) by James Barnett
Bill Everett provides this about the meaning of the word "bracero": "According to Random House, the word entered the written English language in 1915-20 from Spanish, literally meaning one who swings his arms, i.e., a laborer. Its English meaning, according to the dictionary, is a Mexican laborer admitted legally into the U.S. for a short period to perform seasonal, usu. agricultural, labor."
A few related links: The Bracero Program, Bracero Justice Project, A New Bracero Program for the 21st CenturyLast modified 5 Sep 02 by trent