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SAL

I speak to you in Jesus’ name
As Jesus speaks through me
The evil we do can’t be blamed
Upon our destiny
I have walked through the valley of Death Row
To the shore
I have stumbled through silvery water
To my saviour, my Salvador

SALVADOR

It took me four years to learn
I was in prison, not in church
And two more to begin the book of my soul’s search

SAL AND SALVADOR

Time is an ocean of endless tears

SALVADOR

A wild boy from the streets of El Barrio
The orphan from the hills of Mayagüez
And when I wrote my story
The words flew from the page
And my soul in solitary
Escaped its iron cage

SAL AND SALVADOR

Time is an ocean of endless tears

SAL

Mama, I got your letter today
The next time that you write
I’ll be transferred far away
I’m leaving Green Haven’s towers of stone
Where the Latin population will soon be minus one

SAL AND ESMERALDA

Time is an ocean of endless tears

SAL

I know how hard it’s been for you these many years
You say the Aguinaldo

SAL AND SALVADOR

Makes you dream of home

SAL

Where once we strolled the beach

SAL AND SALVADOR

At El Malecón

SAL

Go back, don’t you worry

SAL AND SALVADOR

I am your grown-up son

SALVADOR

The politics of prison are a mirror of the street
The poor endure oppression
The police control the state
“Correctional facility”
That’s what they call this place
But look around and you will see
The politics of race

SAL

A forest and a prison
Where the snow and the guards are white

SALVADOR
If you want to keep your sanity
You’ll teach yourself to write

You were a child of sixteen
With a twelve-year-old mind
You came here, numb and battered
By the streets I left behind

SAL AND SALVADOR

I’ll take the evil in me
And turn it into good
Though all your institutions
Never thought I could

SAL

So now I turn to say good-bye

SALVADOR

I’ll keep your image in my eye

SAL AND SALVADOR

So now I turn to say good-bye

SALVADOR

I’ll keep your image with me

SAL AND SALVADOR

‘Til the day I die

ESMERALDA

Time is an ocean of endless tears

SALVADOR, ESMERALDA AND SAL

Time is an ocean of endless tears
Time is an ocean of endless tears

© 1997 Lyrics by Paul Simon and Derek Walcott

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