Sweet Home Gringoterra        [Part 2 of My Folks of Color Trilogy]

 

A celebration of Latin influence in the USA.

 

Song lyrics by Chrome Dome Mike Kimbro

 

Structure:  Accent points align for all 6 verses.

 

Read along to my Spoken Verse Performance!

 

 

PRELUDE 

 

Beautiful photo of a supreme nacho dish with guacamole and refried beans, the pinicle of Tex-Mex cuisine.

(Snare drum builds then stops.....)

 

Where all the nachos are supreme,   >>>>>>>>>>>>

 

And Selma Hyack is the queen.

 

In Gringoterra,

 

In Gringo Terra,

 

In Gringoterra, U.S.A.

 

 

INTRO    (somewhat hip-hop)

 

Listen young and old,

 

As I tell you a tale

 

‘Bout a place called Gringoterra.

 

Where life’s never stale.

 

 

It’s a state of mind

 

It’s a new world order

 

It’s a place you’ll only find

 

Up here North of the border.

 

 

More than self improvement

 

I’d call it social evolution

 

And it’s not just a movement

 

More like a friggin’ revolution.

 

 

So be glad you’re living

 

In a ‘most interesting’ era

 

Here’s the thanks that I’m giving

 

For Sweet Home Gringoterra

 

 

VERSE 1

 

Section 1

 

I don’t always dine

 

At the taqueria

 

But when I do…

Pic of a can of Juanita's Polole, the Pork and Hominy Soup of Hispanic origin.  Originally made with human meat, pork was later substituted into the recipe.

 

I drink Dos Equis from a glass with lime

 

And get a bowl of pozole too.  >>>>>>

 

Section 2

 

This yankee’s got an appetite

 

For some ta-cos filled with carnitas.

 

Get the flautas and I'll have a bite.

 

And we can scout all the sweet senoritas.

Pic of a plate of grilled jalapeno slices.

 

Section 3 

 

Jalapenos, cooked up on the grill. >>>>>>

 

It's like I've died and gone to heaven

 

When I stop off at the road side stand

 

I buy tamales by the dozen.  >>>>>>

 

 

VERSE 2

 

I don’t always swing

 

To those latin beats

 

But when I do…

 

I start to feel like I’m a matador

 

Fixin’ to make me some toro stew.  (Ole)

 

 

The guitar players strum the beat

 

Then the horn section starts to blowin’.

 

Slap the Congas to turn up the heat

 

That’s when I’ll find me a black magic woman.

 

 

Watchin’ chicas dance, I'm in the groove.

 

Like a real strong margarita.

 

When their hips and arms are on the move

 

All I can think is “mamacita”.

 

 

BRIDGE 1

 

Of the girls I’ve kissed

 

There was one sweet Latina.

 

Her dark skin I’ve missed

 

Her sweet voice, like Selena.

 

She made me shout “Me Gusta”!

 

Do I love her, well I used ta’.

 

One day we just said good bye, bye, bye, bye.

 

And I learned how to cry, cry, cry, cry, cry.

 

 

INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE

 

 

VERSE 3

 

I don’t always tune

 

To Miss Universe    

 

But when I do…

 

I put my money on the latin chicks        [Note:  Check out the winners past and present.]

 

And cheer the sweet thangs from Texas too.

 

 

There’s something ‘bout a tanned brunette

 

In a 2 piece or (a) Catalina.

 

But my favorites have a sweet accent,

 

And hail from Mexico to Argentina.

 

 

When the judges vote and get it right

 

A chica's crowned with a tiara

 

Then we check out all their facebook sites.   [Examples:  #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8]

 

That’s how we roll at Gringoterra.

 

 

VERSE 4

 

I don't always dream

 

Of life on the border

 

But when I do...

 

Each time I'm looking at a giant wall.

 

The problem is it's a south side view.

 

 

The feeling I can't seem to shed:

 

"Didn't they raze that (damn) Berlin Fence(*)?"

 

So as silent drones fly o-verhead

 

It's clear this barrier don't make much sense(*).

 

 

Sure it's silly for us to lament.

 

Walls running thru land that is barren(*).

 

But a whole new plan I'd implement

 

If the next Prez. were Gringoterran.

 

 

VERSE 5     [Note:  Structure sections 2 & 3 are switched]

 

Section 1Poster for the movie "El Inmigrante" ("The Immigrant") by David and John Eckenrode and John Sheedy, about Eusebio de Haro.

 

I don't always ask

 

For a drink of water

 

But when I do...

 

You know I wouldn't be near Brackettville

 

The home of Sam and wife Brenda too.

 

Section 2

 

In "The Immigrant" they weave a plot           [Note:  Please see "The Immigrant"]

 

Of two young men who left old Mexico.

 

But they learned that Kinney County's not

 

The place to ask for H2 O(*).

 

Section 3

 

The Blackwoods' counsel struck a deal.

 

So a back shot's (now) a misdemeanor.

 

All this madness might just seem unreal.

 

But poor Eusebio was just a beaner.

 

 

VERSE 6

 

Cover art for the straight to DVD movie Chupacabra Terror starring John Rhys-Davies and Giancarlo Esposito

I don't always hunt

 

For the Chupacabra

 

But when I do…

 

The boys and I(*) leave our guns at home.

 

Cause all we need is a camera crew.

 

 

The stories of that mutt abound

 

So we hoped there would be one around.  [Note: accent point change on "around"]

 

But the only dog like that we found

 

Not a chupacabra at all, but is instead a mixed breed cross between a chinese crested and a greyhound.

Was just some Chinese breed crossed with a greyhound.  >>>>>>>>>>>>

 

 

But I'd really like to bring one home.

 

The fact is I'm a little asthmatic     [Note: accent point change on "asthmatic"]

 

And the chupacabra has no hair.

 

So they are hypoallergenic.  ("No more wheezing!")

 

 

CLOSING

 

When I pass on to the great beyond

 

I’d like to go out with some style

 

In a custom hearse rockin’ 24’s

 

The procession will stretch for a mile.

 

And my homies will be playing cool tunes

 

As we tool along in single file.Ticket stub for the Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony concert at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX in 2007.  Keywords: J-Lo and Mark Anthony.

 

“La Bamba”, “Low Rider”, and “I've Got You”,

 

So each one will be wearing a smile.

 

But their back window will wear a decal

 

Put there to honor this latinophile:

 

In Loving Memory…

 

In Loving Memory…

 

In Loving Memory…

 

Del Padre de Gringoterra

 

 

 

 

Keywords:  Poems about Hispanics, Latino poetry, Poems about Latinas, Poems about Brackettville, Texas, Poems about immigration, Song lyrics about Kinney County Texas, Poems about Latin Music, Poems about Mexican food. Poems about Sam Blackwood, Song lyrics about the Miss Universe Pageant, Poems about latinophiles, Songs about the Chupacabra legend, Poems about the Mexico-United States Barrier along the southern border of the USA.