Carmelita
(Fred J. Eaglesmith)

Down along the railroad track
I ran into my old friend Jack.
He was dressed in his Sunday best
but his face was red and his eyes were dead.
He said I lost Marina
and the last place that I'd seen her
she was making off
with my best friend.
I took him to the water.
I spent fifty dollars
on something that would take him to the moon.
Well he must have gone to heaven
cause just before I left him
I tried to wake him up
but he would not move.
So come on Carmelita,
you drunk too much
and I can see that
soon you're gonna need a breath of air.
We'll dance across the wheat fields
There's a place I know just east of here
It wouldn't take too long to drive out there.
We'll sleep out on the ground
and in the morning when we wake up
we'll leave town.
And I picked my last tobacco leaf
Soaking wet up to my knees
out there before the sun was on the rise.
You can have a drink of water
but don't you look at my daughter
or I'll come down there and cut you with this knife.
So come on Carmelita
You drunk too much
and I can see that
soon you're gonna need a breath of air.
We'll dance across the wheat fields
There's a place I know just east of here
It wouldn't take too long to drive out there.
We'll sleep out on the ground
and in the morning when we wake up
we'll leave town.
There ain't any flack, man
but if you are a black man
they'll put you on a plane
back from where you're from.
We'll sleep out on the ground
and in the morning when we wake up
we'll leave town.

Please send corrections to Bob
Last update: May 2, 2004
Return to Main Lyrics Page