Welcome to America

from Antipathy & Ideology by Brian Woodbury

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written and arranged by Brian Woodbury

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V E R S E 1
Rafael makes a midnight run
Up into the USA
Leaves his Linda and baby Rosa
Behind in Monterrey
Eleven guys in an Gilroy flophouse
A sleeping bag on a cot
He’s calling out “trabajo”
In the U-Haul lot

Two weeks picking some artichokes
Working all day long with no shade
Rafi dares to ask the man
About when they’re getting paid
That mentiroso made promises
But he pays him two hundred less
What can Rafael do?
No recourse, and no redress

C H O R U S
“Welcome to America
Welcome to America
Welcome to America
Welcome to America.”

V E R S E 2
Seven years Rafeal’s been here
All his hard work is starting to pay
He runs a roadside fruit stand
Outside of San Jose
Linda’s moved up from Mexico
And their daughter’s going to school
They watch the rear-view mirror
Observe each traffic rule

Rose is fluent in English now
She is like a nativa child
Rafi calls her his dreamer.
Sees her paperwork gets filed
Rafi wants to go home to see his mother
He knows he can’t even try
If he did, he couldn’t come back
He never tells her goodbye

C H O R U S
Welcome to America
etc.

B R I D G E
Rose enlists, she wants to give back
Two tours as a medic in Iraq
The more she serves, the more she sees
The drones, the broken bones, the IEDs
She loves her country, she loves the grunts
But she wonders what the hell we’re doing there

C H O R U S
Welcome to America
etc.

V E R S E 3
Rafi walks his nieto out to the park
To go feed the ducks
Mama Rose meets them every day
With lunch from the taco trucks
Someone calls out to Dr. Rose
It’s a man who’s missing a leg
He was with Third Infantry
Private First Class Gregg

Rafi tells the boy not to stare
at the soldier’s prosthetic limb
The private says Rose saved his life
It’s an honor, he says, to meet him
“You remind me of my Greek grandpa
He emigrated in ‘55
Thanks for choosing to come
Thanks to you, I’m alive.”

C H O R U S
“Thank you from America
Thank you from America
Thank you from America
Thank you from America”

“You’re welcome, to America”
Welcome to America
Welcome to America
Welcome to America…

credits

from Antipathy & Ideology, released December 28, 2020
BW: vocals, nylon & acoustic guitars, keyboards, programming, additional percussion; Marc Muller: electric guitars, lap steel; Edwin Livingston: upright & electric bass; Andy Sanesi: drums, percussion; Sara Parkins: violins; Marc Doten & Johnny Unicorn: background vocals

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Brian Woodbury Los Angeles, California

Brian Woodbury is a Los Angeles composer, lyricist and bandleader who writes musicals, post-modern jazz compositions, quirky pop, country songs and music for children's TV.

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