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Reversal of Fortune

CORRIDOS DEL INMIGRANTE

TWO DOLLARS AN HOUR
Collected in Los Angeles in 1978
...
Right now they're paying two dollars an hour;
It isn't much, buddy, but at least we're working.
...
When we're working, the Border Patrol doesn't bother us.
With a green card or without, here we will stay.

When the work ends is when the Border Patrol comes;
They'll runoff everyone, oh, what terrible luck!
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Then in the summer again, we'll return to work;
California awaits us, paying two dollars an hour.


Mexico, mi patria
Donde naci Mexicano,
Dame la bendicion
De tu poderosa mano.
Voy a Estados Unidos
Para ganarme la vida;
Adios, mi tierra querida,
Te llevo en mi corazon.
No me condenen
Por dejar asi mi tierra;
La culpa es de la pobreza
Y de la necesidad.
Adios, lindo Guanajuato
Estado en que yo naci,
Voy a Estados Unidos,
Lejos, muy lejos de ti.

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