This one began its journey late one night. First verse walked on in with the chorus and remaining verses soon following - all a stab at sussing out the American landscape from an immigrant south of the border perspective. We have performed this one in various ways but settled here on the character's inner conversation captured through Allen's voice.
For psychic transmissions and transference, thanks to Nanci Griffith and Paul Simon. --James
Lyrics © James Damico [get song]
Sky is full, full of rain these thoughts are grey and wide. I carry you like a prayer across the great divide, across the great divide
bajo los cielos under the skies
hacia el sur para llegar heading south
a la frontera ante mì the border before me
con suenos de mi hogar, with dreams of my home
con suenos de mi hogar with dreams of my home
Hey there, America I’m calling out to you
Lying neath your stars tonight singing this American lullaby
Go charging down the hill A toda velocidad
Future is fading fast Se desvanece el futuro
Have we had our fill? ¿Nos basta el progreso,
What of love & freedom will last? el amor, y la libertad?
What of love & freedom will last?
Bajo el cielo lleno de lluvia Beneath a sky full of rain
Queda una mar gris There remains a grey sea
en una oración te llevo I carry you like a prayer
Vagando por el gran pais Wandering this big country
Vagando por el gran pais
Photo by Daniel Damico, age 3