"Across the Wire" as written by and Joey Burns....
Alberto hits his brother on the
Back of the head, looks to the north
As he starts to get up
His brothers still sleepy

Grumbles "It's not light yet,"
"If you want a new life, what's
A few minutes wait?"
Darkness on the road and over the land

Into the laws and out of the hands
From those with so much
And no show of heart
You'd think it'd be crazy

To ask for a small part
Spotted an eagle in the middle of a lake
Resting on cactus, feasting on snakes
But the waters recede as the

Dump closes in, revealing a whole lake
Of sleeping children
Poison in the stream that flows to the sea
Out on the waves that crash within reach

Of those with so much
And so little to fear
You'd think it'd be crazy
To be so far away yet so near

Some say a new day will shine here
Over these catastrophes and horrors
Of misfortune, all across the wire
Alberto why hermano on the coyote's trail

And dodging the shadows of the border patrol
Out in the wastelands wandering for days
The future looks bleak with
No sign of change

Darkness in the eye and down
In the soul
All across the wire to those in control
Holding so much

With no show of heart
You think it'd be crazy
To watch it all fall apart
Watch it all fall apart

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"Across the Wire" as written by Joey Burns


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    General CommentI love this song. I can't believe I'm the first to comment. It's fairly obviously about two brothers trying to sneak into the states. Most of the tunes on Feast of Wire seem to be about Arizona, the Southwest, and the border. I find it particularly interesting that in addition to being about the Southwest they are able to make the album sound like the Southwest.
    SomethingCleveron July 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcoming to america
    danoandstouton June 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmakes reference to luis alberto urrea's books "across the wire" and "by the lake of sleeping children". in today's climate of charged immigration debates, these are a must read. perhaps it will provide some much needed insight into our times and even a little insight into the brillant calexico crew.
    monibaronion June 26, 2007   Link

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