"No Gringo" as written by and Alex Wong Vienna Teng....
Father says head down
We don't want them finding you
Mother says practice now
All the words you know

Oh Arizona's burning
They say the fence turned round
Now the razor wire keeps us out

Mother says with luck
We'll sleep under a roof tonight
Father says in the truck
We'll be crushed in tight

Oh Chicago don't forget me
As the miles between us grow
Keep the maple tree carved with the name of my love
The hills we would sled race down
Lake Michigan stay endless and painted in sky
Goodbye

Mother says years ago
The whole world was ours to rule
Father says let it go
Those days are gone for good

All the signs read no gringo
But somehow we'll find our way
Maybe waiting at dawn by the factory doors
Sunburnt and bent in the fields
Please don't turn us in
We'll be silent as the grave
As time

No gringo
No Gringo aqua
Words as levies against the flood
Hoy cerrado
There's too many to feed
Room for only our own kind, our own blood
No gringo, no gringo aqua
You have stayed in this land for too long
Tan amargo
But there's no time to grieve
You just pack up your things and move on


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"No Gringo" as written by Vienna Teng Alex Wong

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's a fascinating song. Like Enough To Go By, it is set in the future, but this one is far darker.

    No Gringo is is a future in which the U.S. has fallen from power,

    "Mother says years ago
    the whole world was ours to rule
    father says let it go
    those days are gone for good"

    and now U.S. citizens are struggling their way south of the border into Mexico looking for work

    "they say the fence turned round
    now the razor wire keeps us out"

    But since the US is the weaker country, the Mexican government has turned the tables and is trying to keep US labor from their country:

    "all the signs read no gringo
    but somehow we'll find our way
    maybe waiting at dawn by the factory doors
    sunburnt and bent in the fields"

    The song is told from the perspective of a young child, missing her hometown

    "oh Chicago don't forget me
    as the miles between us grow
    keep the maple tree carved with the name of my love
    the hills we would sled race down"

    and being asked by her parents to help them fit in:

    "father says head down
    we don't want them finding you
    mother says practice now
    all the words you know"

    Amazing stuff.

    connor35on May 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is beautiful, and incredibly haunting. Vienna Teng always has amazing lyrics.

    The only thing is that I think (from listening to the song) that instead of "No gringo aqua" at the end, it is "No gringo aqui", with the accent on the i in aqui.
    pageleafon January 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionStrangely apropos song for Arizona, nowadays.
    baronesson April 30, 2010   Link

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