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lyrics

His father died on the day of his birth
Try as she might, his poor mum found no work
So she put out a grill on the porch and she sold anticuchos

The baby grew older (as all babies do)
There wasn’t the money for toys, clothes, or food
So she sent him to live with his uncle up north in Chiclayo

Miguel Calderón
Felices, no todos son
Si se rompe tu corazón
Busca un nuevo

His uncle was named Víctor Cerna Guzmán
He spent most of his evenings drunk on the lawn
Or as part of a quite rowdy crowd at a clandestine cockfight

This horrid lifestyle soon took its effect
Our poor Miguel was an emotional wreck
Until one day, he tried to end it with a spoonful of rat poison

Miguel Calderón
Felices, no todos son
Si se rompe tu corazón
Busca un nuevo

He spent four somber days on the emergency floor
Social services thought that a move was in store
And he wound up with his great-aunt Marleni in the hills of Otuzco

Life in the mountains; it’s better for some
A bit of fresh air never hurt anyone
And Miguel and his aunt lived a good life in a house of adobe

One day in November, in the still of the night
A blood-chilling scream woke Miguel with a fright
To this day, he still swears that he saw the ghost of his father

Miguel Calderón
Felices, no todos son
Si se rompe tu corazón
Busca un nuevo

Slightly concerned but mostly confused,
Poor Miguelito; he knew not what to do
So heeding a recommendation, he met with a bruja

She didn’t read tea leaves; she had no pet toad
She asked not what his name was nor what he longed to know
She just stared him right down to his soul and she told him the following:

Don’t let your heart drop its anchor and stay in this place
For the mainsail will rise and you’ll be tugged away
And your atria will be torn in two and you’ll drown in the sorrow

Miguel Calderón
Felices, no todos son
Si se rompe tu corazón
Busca un nuevo

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from The Immaculate Dollar of Arlington Heights, released August 11, 2017

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George González is a songwriter from Seattle.

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