Spanish Blood

Music & Lyrics by Garland Jeffreys

From the album Don’t Call Me Buckwheat (1992)

 

Identities crisscrossing into a masquerade

Who do you think you are

Is this a mass charade

Another taste of life

Another Mardi Gras

What did you have to do

For it to get this far

 

Say you’re Spanish, say you’re Spanish blood

Say you’re Spanish, say you’re Spanish blood

 

You pass on black for white

Now who do you think you are

You say you’re Spanish

But how’d you let it to

 

Passing in a lighter shade

Passing in a silent parade

Passing like ships in the night

Passing and pretending you’re white

 

Say you’re Spanish, say you’re Spanish blood

Say you’re Spanish, yeah yeah yeah yeah, say

you’re Spanish blood

 

You say you’re Spanish, you say you’re

Spanish blood

Father comes from Harlem

And your mother’s name is Rosebud

She wants you to be white

But it’s not your natural race

She says times are hard, and tough tough

tough

You could pass with a lighter face

 

Say you’re Spanish, say you’re Spanish blood

Say you’re Spanish, say you’re Spanish blood

 

Passing in a lighter shade

Passing in a silent parade

Passing like ships in the night

Passing and pretending you’re white

 

Say you’re Spanish, say you’re Spanish blood

Say you’re Spanish, say you’re Spanish blood

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