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El Salvador

  • (Johnny Duhan)

    A girl cries in the early morning
    Woken by the sound of a gun
    She knows somewhere somebody's dying
    Beneath the rising sun
    Outside the window of her cabana
    The shadows are full of her fears
    She knows her lover is out there somewhere
    He's been on the run for a year
    O the soul of El Salvador

    The bell rings out in a chapel steeple
    The priest prepares to say mass
    A sad congregation come tired and hungry
    To pray their troubles will pass
    Outside the sun rises over the dusty streets
    Where the crowd gathers round
    Flies and mosquitoes are drinking from pools of blood
    Where his body is found
    O the soul of El Salvador

    Out on the ranch the rich man's preparing
    To go for his morning ride
    They've saddled his horse out in the corral
    He walks out full of pride
    He looks like a cowboy in one of those pictures
    The President made in the past
    The peasants in rags, they stand back for they know
    That Enrico gallops fast
    Over the soul of El Salvador

    Repeat 1

    Not used:
    The moon like a skull is over the country
    The sky to the east is blood-red
    A general wakes up and takes his coffee
    While he sits on his bed
    Outside the barracks the soldiers are marching back
    With their guns in their hands
    The general goes out, salutes his army
    And issues new commands
    He makes the guns roar in El Salvador

    As sung by Christy Moore

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  • [1984:] Written by Johnny Duhan and given to me about three years ago. He has recorded it on his album, 'Current Affairs'. (Christy Moore Songbook 116)

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