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

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
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


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


Lyrics submitted by Bobo192

"Mexican Home" as written by John Prine

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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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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