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WEST SIDE OF TOWN (Tish Hinojosa) Tish Hinojosa - 1989 Felipe was a young boy when he crossed the Rio Grande Heading north to Texas where he grew into a man He fixed cars and worked the wars and raised a family San Antonio was home on the west side of town Young Maria dreamed of singin' in a concert hall Past the plaza and the village church adobe wall Hard times stole her innocence, but drove the woman's heart San Antonio bound to the west side of town She was proud and lived on faith He was strong in his own way They were pilgrims that made A good life the hard way Felipe lost his first wife in Nineteen-Forty-Three Seven growing children and desperately in need Maria came to look for work and found her destiny With one child of her own to the west side of town They were married, years went by and now we were thirteen Days were good and days were bad but mostly they were lean School and shoes and food and books, believin' in a prayer God must know His way 'round on the west side of town She was proud and lived on faith He was strong in his own way They were pilgrims that made A good life the hard way We would go to Mexico and Mama, she would cry For the things we'll never know, she had to leave behind Sisters, brothers know too well what memories can do Climbing up when you're down from the west side of town Daddy never owned a house but built a strong foundation Mama bought her own damn house with self determination They're both gone, but I know that they're listenin' to this song 'Neath the San Fernando ground on the west side of town She was proud and lived on faith He was strong in his own way They were pilgrims that made A good life the hard way Peregrinos de ayer (Peregrinos de ayer) El destino y la fe (El destino y la fe) They were pilgrims that made A good life the hard way (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - October 2015)

    


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