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Sunday Afternoon
by Paul Simon

Salvador, the afternoon sunlight is folding around us,
The dishes are done,
The buildings here, tall as our mountains
Sliced through the windows and cut off the sun.

On such days I find I am longing for Puerto Rico
Though I never would return 'til you are free
But when I hear the Aguinaldo my heart's a little lighter
And we danced together Aurea and me

In my life I've been unlucky with two husbands
Gumersindo liked his rum and women friends
Then that hypocrite who beat you and preached about repentance
Has gone, and so another Sunday ends

And tomorrow is another hard working Monday
I'm still hoping for the raise they promised me
There's a job as operator
I would not have to wait for
If I could speak the language easily

But I tell Aurea
The barrio's boundaries are our own little nation
Sometimes I hear you run up stairs
And I view my light with resignation
Keep your bible near you
Time is an ocean of endless tears.

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Yes "time is an ocean of endless tears" Thanks for posting

Diana Kurtz

I felt like that when I moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx :(

Erika Oldberg

truly wonderful, tells a whole story in so few words

Mawoule Simon

Amazing song!
The life of the immigrants!

Diana Kurtz

we are NOT immigrants! we move from Puerto Rico to the US...we are US Citizens!


Thanks for this. It's such a great song.

Lynda Mondragon

Does anyone know where to get sheet music for this song, or any from the original musical?


Others have done this song but nobody does it like Ednita Nazario. Such a pure voice...she was perfect for this.

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