In Mayagüez



SALVADOR
In Mayagüez, a mountain town
Along the western shore
We saw the roofs as we came down
To the asylum for the poor.

The sugar cane whispered its prayers
And laid them on the sea.
El asilo de los pobres
Is where our home will be.

NUNS & CHILDREN
Pray for us, Santa Maria
Stay with us, Salvador
Pray for us, Santa Maria
Stay with us, Salvador.

SALVADOR
My mother, Esmeralda,
Worked in the kitchen as a maid
While I played games with the crazy ones
In the flamboyant light and shade.

NUN
Your mother named you for our Lord
You cry; you wet your bed
This filthy habit must be cured
Look how the stain has spread!

CHILDREN
El Meon! El Meon!
El Meon! El Meon!
El Meon! El Meon!

NUNS
We only try to train the boy.

ESMERALDA
You’re animals at heart!

NUNS
You had our charity to enjoy.

ESMERALDA
We’ll make another start.
There was a crucifixion, yes
But this time it is my son.
This time it is not you, Jesus
But Salvador Agron.

SALVADOR
The dark road leads to Heaven
Through the canes in Mayagüez
I walked it, I was seven,
She watered it with tears.

CHORUS
Pray for us, Santa Maria
Stay with us, Salvador



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© 1997 Paul Simon y Derek Walcott (BMI)



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