Guadalupe
Tom Russell Lyrics


There are ghosts out in the rain tonight
High up in those ancient trees
Lord, I've given up without a fight
Another blind fool on his knees
And all the Gods that I've abandoned

Begin to speak in simple tongues
Lord, suddenly I've come to know
There are no roads left to run
Now it's the hour of dogs a-barking

That's what the old ones used to say
It's first light or it's sundown
Before the children cease their play
When the mountains glow like mission wine

And turn gray like a Spanish roan
Ten thousand eyes will stop to worship
And turn away and head on home
She is reaching out her arms tonight

Lord, my poverty is real
I pray roses shall rain down on me
From Guadalupe on her hill
But who am I to doubt these mysteries
Cured in centuries of blood and candle smoke
I am the least of all your pilgrims here

I am most in need of hope
She appeared to Juan Diego
She left her image on his cape
Five hundred years of sorrow

Have not destroyed their deepest faith
But here I am your ragged disbeliever
Old doubting Thomas drowns in tears
As I watched your church sink through the earth

Like a heart worn down through fear
She is reaching out her arms tonight
Lord, my poverty is real
I pray roses shall rain down on me
From Guadalupe on her hill

But who am I to doubt these mysteries
Cured in centuries of blood and candle smoke
I am the least of all your pilgrims here
But I am most in need of hope
I am the least of all your pilgrims here
But I am most in need of hope

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Written by: TOM RUSSELL

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madeleine7

So beautiful, so moving!   Touches my heart and soul!

Rob Barlow

Thank you for all your music. I wasn’t raised a Catholic, but always have felt moved by the story of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. “Who am I to doubt these mysteries?” Such a profound statement. Life itself such a majestic mystery.

Hank Beukema

One of the great songs ever written. To me.

Edwin Fleming

Without doubt! 💖🙏💖

multicaruana

Although I saw him  over 30 years ago at some dive on Long Island, and bought an LP, I have now only begun to rediscover Tom Russell. To say the least, this man is absolutely awesome; I only ask myself : how did I lose touch with him, especially having a Central American wife who has some chicken coop! And a brood of roosters!

Amy Gallatin

KILLER tune, just stunning. Wow. Cured in blood and candle smoke.....

James Wingert

CRAZY good!

Jay Smith

Absolutely gorgeious. Very moving. Blood and Candle Smoke has gotta be one of the best albums I've heard in years. I wish I could get to Sisters, Oregon on the 4th of Feb. to see Tom sing.

Dennis Nelson

I love the album and this is a favorite song. I hope that Tom and Gretchen sing this one tonight (Oct. 17) at the Turner Hall in Mount Olive, Illinois.

Max Warren

Incredible song. Beautiful painting in the background.

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