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Born in Puerto Rico
by Paul Simon

I was born in Puerto Rico
We came here when I was a child
Before I made to my sixteenth
I was running with the gang and we were wild.

He keeps looking but don't recognize me.
Some guy from Lexington or Park
Rrd beans and rice from kitchen windows
It's supper-time and the barrio is dark.

No one knows you like I do
No one can know your heart the way I do
No one can testify to all that you've been though
But I will.

I was born in Puerto Rico
And my blood is taino
Spanish Caribbean in my soul
We came here wearing summer clothes in winter
Hearts of sunshine in the cold.

Your family rented this apartment
You'd watch the street lamps from your perch
In the sacramental house your stepfather in black
Preached the fire of the pentecostal church.

No one knows you like I do
Nobody can know your heart the way i do
No one can testify to all that you've been through
But this will.

I was born in Puerto Rico
Came here when I was a child.
Small change and sunlight, then I left these streets for good.
My days as short as they were wild.

I'm Frenchy Cordero, I'm Angel Soto
Indio Rivera, 'Baboo' Charlie Cruz
The faces blurred in every grainy photo
And fading headline of the Daily News

Judge's Voice
Wiltwych School for Criminal Children
Auburn, Brooklyn House of D.,
Dannemora, Sing-Sing, Attica,
Greenhaven

Twenty years inside, today you're free

You cannot even read your story
The pages piling up in shame
Before the words released you, the
Guard would kill the light
The night you took The Capeman for your name.

I was born in Puerto Rico
I was born in Puerto Rico
Yo nacir in Puerto Rico
All my heart is Puerto Rico
All my soul is Puerto Rico

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: DEREK WALCOTT, PAUL SIMON

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Benjamin sch

This is an incredible song. 

Hector Mendez

This is my story and perhaps the story of some Puerto Ricans born and raised in NYC. Wow Paul Simon a. NY jew playing Bomba Salsa wepa!

andy gross

It is a great song, haunting and touching

bigwille11

Hector Mendez it does hit hard 🎺🏘

ELCidBoriqua

Reminds me of my youth.  Lived in Bed-Sty then and the neighborhood was still some what mixed.  Growing up Puerto Rican was captured in Songs From The Capeman, it drives me to another age where dudes would harmonize in the park on one night and fight for your life the next.  Not a lot of choices in those days, we made our choices based on the life of the neighborhood.  Long time ago.............

EDGAR Cortes

I was rasied in the Tompkins projects bed/sty and I could'nt agree more. Well said

Kluk Ztopolovky

Paul's voice  sounds so youthful , this is very fine music and lyrics that have meaning and plenty  love and humanity  in them , our mainstream pop is mostly  full of filth and  violence , this is so refreshing

andy gross

I listen to this song over and over again.. Paul Simon's genius and compassion shines through
You cannot even read your story
The pages piling up in shame
Before the words released you, the guard would
Kill the light
The night you took the capeman for your name

comeupandseememakeme

You know Capeman is a great record.

balázs posta

I'm an hungarian man, but I kwnow the feeling of song... Great!!!!

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