Steve Coffee, Songwriter

Maria

©2015 Stephen R Coffee

There are more than 65 million refugees in the world, plus an additional 10 million "stateless" people. 244 million live in a country other than that of their birth. Safe to say, most of them are missing somebody.


Every night the stars slip a little farther to the south
Constellations point the way; there’s fear, there’s hope, there’s doubt
And over the horizon el Norte beckons like a flame
But the ground is hard and cold, And I call out your name

And if I ever see your face again, I swear I’ll never leave
And if I die along the trail, the name upon my lips will be ‘Maria’

For seven nights I rode atop the train, the one they call the beast
I saw a woman roll off to her death, when she fell asleep
My money was all taken, and the blanket that your mother wove
And where I go from here only God and Coyote know

And if I ever see your face again, I swear I’ll never leave
And if I die along the trail, the name upon my lips will be ‘Maria’

Last night I dreamed I soared on the wings of a bird
I flew to your bedside and whispered, but you never heard

There must be a million more praying to a desert sky tonight
Who’ve left a wife and baby child to send them back the money to survive
But everywhere I go I meet criminals with badges, sticks, and guns
Still onward to the dawn, this human river runs

And if I ever see your face again, I swear I’ll never leave
And if I die along the trail, the name upon my lips will be ‘Maria’
Maria

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