El Salvador
Christy Moore Lyrics

Am G
A girl cries in the early morning
Em Am
Woken by the sound of a gun
Am G
She knows somewhere somebody's dying
Em F
Beneath the rising sun
Outside the window of her cabaña
Am Em
The shadows are full of her fears
She knows her lover is out there somewhere
Am Em
He's been on the run for a year


F G Am
Oh, the soul of El Salvador

Bells ring out in the chapel steeple
A priest prepares to say mass
The sad congregation come tired and hungry
To pray that trouble will pass
Meanwhile the sun rises over the dusty streets
Where his body is found
Flies and mosquitoes are drinking from pools of blood
Where the crowd gathers round.


Out on the ranch the rich man's preparing
To go for his morning ride
They've saddled his horse out in the corral
He walks out full of pride
He looks like a cowboy from one of those pictures
A president made in the past
Peasants in rags, they stand back for they know
That El Rico travels fast


Over the soul of El Salvador.

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Very emotive lyrics. Made me shed a tear.


love this song,no memories r nothing just a great song,lv ya christy


Beautiful song. El Salvador!!!

Peter McCann

amazing song as always from christy moore, he's why I took up the guitar


inspirational..great song

John Breen IRISH

A fantastic version of Johnny Duhans Song

Kevin Kerwin

smooth voice of christy lush''''''

Brian Murphy

Fell inlove wit this song about 20 years ago in vicar st for columbia 3 christy invited girl up t sing it great song

Camilo Roca

La pueden traducir en español la cansion

Paul Jones

is there a bad Christy Moore song?

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