Spanish Town

Music & Lyrics by Garland Jeffreys

From the album Ghost Writer (A&M Records, 1977)

 

Oh Signorita

When the evening sun go down

I come to serenade you

From another part of town.

 

Rafaella is my mother’s name.

She loves her Juan Jose

My mother is a matriarch

Oh what more can I say

Together they raised three children

Mario Carmen and Ray

They live near de Janeiro

on Mona da Vinci Bay

 

I’m gonna eat my rice and beans

I’m gonna suck on a chili dog

Way down in Spanish Town

In the Spanish fog

 

Oh I love you to meet my friend Don Juan

He loves to play the mandolin

Signoritas they gather ’round’

Cause they think that he’s a Mexican

But I know so much better

I’m holding here the proof

Don Juan is a gringo boy

He’s not telling us the truth

 

But he loves his rice and beans

He’s gonna suck on a chili dog

Way down in Spanish Town

In a Spanish fog

 

I love you to meet Margarita

 

Margarita she is calling me

And I love to hear my name

Out the lights and bring on the wine

It’s Fiesta time again

You know I love my Portugal

’cause she shows me what to do

All the roads lead to Mexico, Mexico, Mexico, Mexico, Mexico

but they bring me back to you

 

She’s gonna eat her rice and beans

She’s gonna suck on a chili dog

Way down in Spanish Town

In the Spanish fog

 

Revolution is in the street

I can feel it in my blood

I can see Allende still crying out

But they nip him at the bud

Oh they’re talking in the alleys

of Old San Juan, Old San Juan

All the soldiers gonna walk the trail

Big sombreros see them everywhere

Zapata lands in jail

 

Ain’t gonna eat no rice and beans

Ain’t gonna suck on nobody’s chili dog

Way down in Spanish Town

In a Spanish fog

Way down in Spanish Town

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