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Dylan, troubadour from France, and I were chatting over the space waves about doing this great borderland story written by Tom Russell chronicling the dreams and hopes of Carlos Saragoza riding on the spurs of his crazy fighting rooster.

It seems fitting to bring this hear in salute to Cinco De Mayo. Dylan did his parts in France, me in Chicago but it felt like we ended up in the same room.

BossHook: Vocals, acoustic rhythm guitars, acoustic lead guitar, percussion, key accordion, mix, faders and Dylan fan.

Dylan: Vocals, acoustic rhythm guitars, acoustic lead guitar, percussion, essence of troubadour.

Los huesos de Pancho Villa: A few drum loops.

P.S. It's a lllooonnngg listen but we break out the pinatas at the end!

© Tom Russell
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Carlos Saragosa left his home in Casas Grandes when the moon was full
He had no money in his pocket, just a locket of his sister framed in Gold
He headed for el Sueco, stole a rooster named Gallo Del Cielo
Then he crossed the Rio Grande with that roosted nestled deep within his arm

Gallo del Cielo was a warrior born in heaven so the legends say
His wings they had been broken, he had one eye rollin crazy in his head
He'd fought a hundred fights and the legends say that one night near El Sueco
He fought Cielo seven times, seven times he left brave roosters dead

Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in San Antonio
I have 27 dollars and the good luck of your good luck of your picture framed in gold
Tonight I'll put it all on the fighting spurs of Gallo Del Cielo
Then I'll return to buy the land Pancho Villa stole from father long ago

Outside of San Diego in the Onion fields of Paco Monte Verde
The Pride of San Diego lay sleeping on a fancy bed of silk
Adn they laughed when Saragosa pulled the one-eyed Del Cielo from beneath his shirt
But they cried when Saragosa waked away with a thousand dollar bill

Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in Santa Barbara
I have 27 dollars and the good luck of your good luck of your picture framed in gold
Tonight I'll put it all on the fighting spurs of Gallo Del Cielo
Then I'll return to buy the land Pancho Villa stole from father long ago

Now the moon has gone to hiding and the lantern light spills shadows on the fighting sand
A wicked black named Zorro faces Del Cielo in the sand
And Carlos Saragosa fears the tiny crack that runs across his roosters beak
And he fears that he has lost the 50,000 dollars riding on the fight

Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in Santa Clara
The money's on the table, I'm holding now your good luck framed in gold
Everything we dream of is riding on the spurs of Del Cielo
Then I'll return to buy the land Pancho Villa stole from father long ago

The signal it was given and the roosters rose together far above the sand
Gallo Del Cielo sunk a gaff into Zorro's shiny breast
They were separated quickly but they rose and fought each other time and time again
And the legends all agreed that Gallo Del Cielo fought the best

But then the screams of Saragosa filled the night outside the town of Santa Clara
As the beak of Del Cielo lay broken like a shell within his hand
And they say that Saragosa screamed a curse upon the bones of Pancho Villa
As Zorro rose up one more time and drove Del Cielo in the sand

Hola my Teresa I'm thinkin of you now in San Francisco
I have no money in my pocket I no longer have your good luck framed in gold
I buried it last evening with the bones of my beloved Del Cielo
I will not return to buy the land that Villa stole long ago

Do the rivers still run muddy outside of my beloved Casas Grandes?
Does the scar upon my brother's face turn red when he hears mention of my name?
And do the people of El Sueco still curse the theft of Gallo Del Cielo?
Tell my family not to worry, I will not return to cause them shame.

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Feter said 3700 days ago (May 5th, 2008)
Gallo Del Cielo
WOW .. this is a mind blowin ..what a work
what a duet ..indeed a classic my friend !!
the accordion the percussions set all there
certainly the lytrics so much Dylan troubadours
like !!!! ... this sounds like came from a a 70s LP
Hats off to you gentlemen !
Check out my latest song called Roll with it
buckhorn said 3699 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Hombres de dios
yo no soy mexicano pero a mi me gusta su estilo.
Check out my latest song called when you smile
BossHook said 3699 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
Muchas gracias
Amigo!
guitapick said 3676 days ago (May 28th, 2008)
Songwriting...
...and storytelling...

Another well crafted piece. South of the border. I love this stuff...
Check out my latest song called 'Cuz I Can
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