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Borderline  Slaid Cleaves

In the st[Am]ill of the des[C]ert, in the li[G]ght of the m[Am]oon,
Ar[Am]mando wa[C]lks all a[Em]lone
And the r[Am]iver ah[C]ead holds prom[G]ise and d[Am]read
And hes n[F]ine hundred mi[Em]les from his h[Am]ome
He p[Am]ays the cy[C]otes dod[G]ges la m[Am]egra
[Am]walks for fo[C]ur hungry [Em]days
when he fi[Am]nally hits Aus[C]tin the boo[G]mtown is b[Am]ustin
but he t[Fm]akes what the cont[Em]ractor p[Am]ays
When lo[C]ve for family is st[Am]ronger than fear
when the desp[C]eration sets [Am]in
a m[C]an will cross any l[Am]ine that is drawn
and wh[F]os to say it's a s[E]in
and he cro[Am]ssed him[C]self at the bo[G]rderl[Am]ine
the rest of the song is the same thing
He wired the dollars to Elena back home as he roomed with ten desperate men
when the builders had enough, the INS cuffed him, and it's back to the border again
A tearful reunion with family and friends, but soon the reality sets in
theres no work to be found in the dry desert ground
he must head to estados again
mandolin break
from Guadalajara came the man with no name
he said "You can have all that you need."
"There's no contract to sign but the terms are your life,
if you take my money and seed"
the payments were made, the seed it was sown
Armando watched the crop grow
even his brother in law in the army, was in on the plan from the go
7 months gone and the crops gathered in
but the brother has a plan of his own
he orders a raid, the army invades
and he takes what the village has grown
mandolin break
in from the west came the man with no name
he said "someone must pay with their life
"we know your brother's, your father, your mother
your children, your sister, your wife"
"Now we can not touch your sisters young husband
Tu Canoa is a military man
but you can decide who lives and who dies"
as he placed the gun in his hand
in the still of the desert, in the light of the moon
Armando walks all alone
and the river ahead holds promise and dread
and he's nine hundred miles from his home

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