Rio Grande

Dave Alvin

   I guess she put her blue dress on, and walked out late last night
   Left one silk stocking, dangling from the bedside light
   I sobered up and called her name, just before the dawn
   I saw her footprints in the sand, and knew that she had gone
  Down the Rio Grande     

I pulled out of Albuquerque, prayin' I wasn't late
I got a couple cups of coffee, at some joint off the interstate
Passin' through Las Cruces, I swear I saw her car
She always said she'd go someday, but never said how far
Down the Rio Grande

   Maybe she's in Brownsville, she's got some family there
   She was always talkin' ‘bout, the salty Gulf Coast air
  Where the river ends,     down the Rio Grande        

I saw an old grey heron, flyin' south against the wind
Storm clouds over Juarez, rollin' east to the Big Bend
I drove down Highway Ninety, through a dusty desert wind
I didn't know where it would lead me, or if I'd find her again
Down the Rio Grande

I lit my last cigarette, as the sky began to clear
Black mountains up ahead, a red sundown in my mirror
Lost all the border, ‘tween the future and the past
One fading slowly, and the other comin' fast
Down the Rio Grande

Repeat Chorus

I bought a bottle in Del Rio, and I parked on the side of the road
I stayed up all night, starin' at the lights of Mexico
And I walked down to border bridge, at the break of day
And I threw that empty bottle off, and I watched it float away
Down the Rio Grande

Repeat Chorus…Where the river ends


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