Sinaloa Cowboys Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen

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album: Track 5 in album The Ghost of Tom Joad
release date: 1995-11-21
popularity : 26 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Acoustic/Folk Rock/Pop Rock
length: 3:53
lead vocals: Bruce Springsteen
composer: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: Bruce Springsteen

Album Information

label: Columbia
country(area): United States
format: CD
barcode: 074646748428
script: Latin

Cover Art

Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad cover art

Lyrics

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Miguel came from a small town in northen Mexico
He came north with his brother Louis to California three years ago
They crossed at the river levee when Louis was just sixteen
And found work together in the fields of the San Joaquin

They left their homes and family
Their father said "My sons one thing you will learn
For everything the north gives it exacts a price in return."
They worked side by side in the orchards
From morning till the day was through
Doing the work the hueros wouldn’t do.

Word was out some men in from Sinaloa were looking for some hands
Well deep in Fresno county there was a deserted chicken ranch
There in a small tin shack on the edge of a ravine
Miguel and Louis stood cooking methamphetamine.

You could spend a year in the orchards
Or make half as much in one ten-hour shift
Working for the men from Sinaloa
But if you slipped the hydriodic acid
Could burn right through your skin
They’d leave you spittin’ up blood in the desert
If you breathed those fumes in

It was early one winter evening as Miguel stood watch outside
When the shack exploded lighting up the valley night
Miguel carried Louis’ body over his shoulder down a swale
To the creekside and there in the tall grass Louis Rosales died

Miguel lifted Louis’ body into his truck and then he drove
To where the morning sunlight fell on a eucalyptus grove
There in the dirt he dug up ten thousand dollars all that they’d saved
Kissed his brother’s lips and placed him in his grave

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Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 The Ghost of Tom Joad
  • 2 Straight Time
  • 3 Highway 29
  • 4 Youngstown
  • 5 Sinaloa Cowboys
  • 6 The Line
  • 7 Balboa Park
  • 8 Dry Lightning
  • 9 The New Timer
  • 10 Across the Border
  • 11 Galveston Bay
  • 12 My Best Was Never Good Enough