WEST TEXAS BORDER PATROL

When I patrolled the Texas border at Terlingua
I was something of a honcho, I must say
But if I knew a hungry man must swim the border
I'd contrive to turn my head some other way'cause the mayor of the town across the border
like the geese that wing together we was friends
And the cross his oldest son wore to his christening
I'd gave to him with a proud godfather's hands

But one election year they tightened up the border
while the Texas sun it tightened up my heart
Pity those who tried to swim into the Kingdom,
'cause our orders aimed our shotguns in the dark .
There's moving shapes upon the water.
there's crickets screaming out their tune.
Oh oh, they swam in unsuspecting.
There's bullet splashes in the moon.

Con tanto sangre, Senor,
nos ponemos infecundos
With all this bleeding,
My Lord, we're going dry
, and the big bird wheels round in the sky.

A sudden silence fell across the water
as I stumbled down to see what I had done .
Then it seemed they took my heart upon a stretcher
in an ambulance that took off at the run'Cause a silver cross on the neck of one young dead man
for a moment in the moonlight Lord it blazed
Then I knew my heart was dead upon arrival.
It might have been his father's tears upon my face .
Con tanto sangre, Senor,
nos ponemos infecundos
With all this bleeding,
my Lord, we're going dry
and the big bird wheels round in the sky

My old friend, he met me in his doorway
And as I held his boy and cried he held his gun.
And he said, "My friend, you are no longer welcome,
and I can't answer for the blood that's sure to come."And so the Immigration Service they sent me to Montana.
They spoke of vengeance on the Rio Grande .
And for months I stared along the northern border
with my coffee growing cold there in my hand

But one morning revenge came to my window
and four shots split the wall above my head.
I cried, "Senors, pleased do not stand up with your pistols !"and as they stood my rifle spoke and cut them dead.

Con tanto sangre, Senor,
nos ponemos infecundos .
With all this bleeding, my Lord,
we're going dry
and the big bird wheels round in the sky

Now a bitter man named Saul, he stoned the Christians,
and later they say that he became a saint.
"Saul, oh Saul, why do you persecute me?"
When the lord spoke thus Saul fell down in a faintOh, but me, I have been to see the padre .
He just laughed, he said, "My boy, now don't complain."
And the heavens are as hard as brass above me
When I cry out my own voice comes back again
Con tanto sangre, Senor, nos ponemos infecundos.
With all this bleeding,
my Lord, we're going dry
And the big bird wheels around in the sky.
Oh big bird in the sky ,
Oh Lord, give me a sign...

Originally Performed by: Lawrence Hammond
Album: Presumed Lost
Lyrics By: Lawrence Hammond

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