Manhunt



SALVADOR
I hear the wailing sirens cry
I nestled to the ground.
I see two bodies lifted high
Like angels on their cloud.

WITNESS
My name is Willie Carter
And I drive a yellow cab.
I picked up these Puerto Ricans
About 12:15 AM on the corner of 46th St.
I ain't like the looks of them.
They wanted me to drop them off on San Juan Hill.
The little guy with the stingy brim
looked mean enough to kill.

CHORUS
Run, spic run from the shadow of the law.
Run, boy run, you're the one they're
searching for.

REPORTER
The mayor of New York, Robert F Wagner.

MAYOR
There's no parental guidance
And the courts must share the blame.
Leniency for animals that lead a life of crime.
The city is sick of this violence.
The people have taken a stand.
I got a police commission from
Kennedy
For 1400 men.

CHORUS
Run, spic run from the shadow of the law.
Run, boy run you're the one they're
searching for.

POLICE
You were at the scene of the murder

CARLOS
Yeah, but I did not use the knife

POLICE
Then tell us who the killer is.

CARLOS
Man, he's running for his life!

REPORTER
A little more of this conversation
And the killer's name was known.
It's 16 year old Puerto Rican
Salvador Agron.

SALVADOR
Afraid for our lives, we vanished in the Bronx.
Taking food from garbage and hiding from the light.

POLICE
Hey, hold it right there. What did you
drop? Pick it up and bring it over here.
Hold it. Unwrap it and let me see it.
What the fuck is this, huh? Yeah, step
into the light. Let me get a better look at
your face.

SAL
Yeah, I'm the one you're looking for,
copper. I'm the one that used the knife.

POLICE
Hey, get over and take a look at this.
I think we got the Capeman.

CHORUS
Kill the spics! Kill the spics! Kill the spics!

AUREA
Our mother brought a bible
But the word of the Lord was spurned.

SAL
I don't care if they fry me.
My mother could watch me burn.

CHORUS
Run spic run. Run spic run. Run spic run.


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© 1997 Paul Simon y Derek Walcott (BMI)



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