"Mexican Home" as written by and John Prine....
It got so hot, last night, I swear
You couldn't hardly breathe
Heat lightning burnt the sky like alcohol
I sat on the porch without my shoes
And I watched the cars roll by
As the headlights raced
To the corner of the kitchen wall

[Chorus:]
Mama dear
Your boy is here
Far across the sea
Waiting for
That sacred core
That burns inside of me
And I feel a storm
All wet and warm
Not ten miles away
Approaching
My Mexican home

My God! I cried, it's so hot inside
You could die in the living room
Take the fan from the window
Prop the door back with a broom
The cuckoo clock has died of shock
And the windows feel no pane
The air's as still
As the throttle on a funeral train

[Chorus:]

My father died on the porch outside
On an August afternoon
I sipped bourbon and cried
With a friend by the light of the moon
So its hurry! hurry! Step right up
It's a matter of life or death
The sun is going down
And the moon is just holding its breath

[Chorus:]


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"Mexican Home" as written by John Prine

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    My InterpretationThis song is so descriptive it's like being are on the porch with him. The heat, the headlights and the weather all add to the feeling. I think that his father dying on the porch is just a memory and not the reason for this particular visit. I think he's glad to be back with his mother even though it hot inside and he is having memories of his father. Not really a sad song.
    ruarchitecton June 19, 2018   Link
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    General CommentWhen this song first came out it was up beat, happy funny sounding Bob Dylan pounding thing that I just did not enjoy at all...weakest song of his I would say...then I heard him sing it in concert and was blown away. He slowed it down gave some real feelings....If ya get a chance listen to both....the live CD he just put out has a great live version. I happened to hear the other day and liked so much I had to learn it....sometimes I like to change to the name of the hot little town I used to live in on chorus In stead of Mexican home I say San Andreas Home...hotter than hell there too....and it was my front porch where I learned of my fathers passing.........
    EdShron April 18, 2013   Link

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