Veracruz Lyrics - Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon Excitable Boy cover art
publisher: ©EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Warren William Zevon, Jorge Calderon
release date: 1978
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Alternative Rock/Vocal
length: 3:33
producer: Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
guitar: Waddy Wachtel
other vocals & background vocals: Jorge Calderón
recorder: Jim Horn
harp: Arthur Gerst
Spanish acoustic guitar: Manuel Vasquez and Luis Damian
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
bass guitar: Kenny Edwards
writer: Jorge Calderón, Warren Zevon
I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns
I heard Maria crying
Late last night I heard the news
That was dying
Veracruz was dying
Someone called Maria's name
I swear it was my father's voice
Saying, "If you stay you'll all be slain
You must leave now - you have no choice
Take the servants and ride west
Keep the child close to your chest
When the American troops withdraw
Let Zapata take the rest"
I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns
I heard Maria calling
Saying, "Veracruz is dying
And Cuernavaca's falling"
Aquel dia yo jure (On that day I swore
Hacia el puerto volvere To the port I will return
Aunque el destino cambio mi vida Even though destiny changed my life
En morire In I shall die
Aquel dia yo jure On that day I swore)
I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns
I heard them in the harbor
Saying, "Veracruz is dying"

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12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Johnny Strikes Up the Band
  • 2 Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
  • 3 Excitable Boy
  • 4 Werewolves of London
  • 5 Accidentally Like a Martyr
  • 6 Nighttime in the Switching Yard
  • 7 Veracruz
  • 8 Tenderness on the Block
  • 9 Lawyers, Guns and Money