Rosa woke up in the hour before dawn
The bed was empty, her man was gone
Leaving nothing behind to show
But just a note that read, yo he vuelto, I've gone back to Mexico

A desert empire, from one coast to the next
Dunes flow north to claim the rest
The eagle circles, but all he sees is sand
While far below coyotes watch and smile and wait for him to land

Johnny walks out to the pay phone down the hall
And for the fourth time he tries to call
She'd never leave him, she wouldn't go
But the phone keeps ringing, and she don't answer, she's on the train to Mexico

The wind is rising and with it comes the rain
Floods roll through the canyons and out across the plain
The puma sniffs and climbs for higher ground and twists its head
And tries to shake the horsemen on his trail, outriders of the dead

Thirteen rooms, high up with a view
Color TVs, and a swimming pool
Mom and dad live easy, they'll be the last to know
That the kids are long gone, they pawned the jewelry halfway to Mexico

Bienvenido, emigrante, to the kingdom of the sun
Where the scorpion and the serpent bow down to no one

Lyrics submitted by Thermidor

The Border song meanings
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