Carlos And Yolanda



MC
Let's hear it for Carlos and Yolanda
who hosted our Puerto Rican Day
celebration! Carlos and Yolanda!

Toca musica, por favor!

CARLOS
Hey amigo! How ya feeling?
You're looking good.

SALVADOR
I feel all right, but it's strange you know.
Like I'm a ghost wandering in the neighborhood.

CARLOS
The mind, the mind plays games with you
When you first breathe freedom's air.
I did my time and when my stretch was through
Thank God Yolanda was there.

SALVADOR
Señor Carlos Apache.

CARLOS
Señor Salvador Agron.

SALVADOR
See how the mirror's changed our faces?
My father's eyes are now my own.

CARLOS
The parade is almost over.
In my office I've kept your papers safe and sound.
The guy who brought them took no money.
He just shook my hand and turned around.

PARTY GOERS
Mi Libertad! Mi Libertad llevo!
Mi Libertad! Mi Libertad llevo
Mi Libertad! Mi Libertad llevo

SALVADOR
I wrote these pages not with ink, but blood.

CARLOS
That's the kind of stuff that sells.

SALVADOR
Yes, but that's not why I did it, Carlos.

CARLOS
Boricua! You've got to eat like everybody else.

SALVADOR
Do you ever see the guys we knew?

CARLOS
Oh yeah, they come down when they need a dime to score.

SALVADOR
The Capeman. I'll never shed that name!

CARLOS
No one remembers anymore!

YOLANDA
Sal this is Carlito. Carlito - your Uncle Sal.

SALVADOR
Oh my god! He's so big! How are you?

CARLITO
Are you The Capeman?

SALVADOR
I used to be your father's pal.

YOLANDA
You always will be, Salvador.

SALVADOR
Do you still feel the same way about me, Carlos?
Or in your mind, was I the only one?

CARLOS
But Sal… it was dark… so long ago… you and Tony…

YOLANDA
My God! What's done is done!

MC
Who will buy these raffle tickets I have in my hand?
Proceeds are for the San Juan Bautista Chapel.

Win a trip to our Puerto Rican homeland.
Leave your worries and your kids in the Big Apple.

We know the legend of the coqui,
The frog who blessed our island with his song.
We may live in New York City, boricua!
But it's Puerto Rico where our hearts belong.

AUREA
Sal, wait.

SALVADOR
I can't be around this many people.

AUREA
Try! Come on.

Salvador
They don't want me here.

AUREA
Of course they want you here! They're friends.

SALVADOR
This party is not for me. This party is for their country.

AUREA
Sal, we're talking about Puerto Rico!

SALVADOR
And freedom and independence!


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© 1997 Paul Simon y Derek Walcott (BMI)




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