Paul Simon - Sunday Afternoon Lyrics

Salvador, the afternoon sunlight is folding
around us,
The dishes are done,
The buildings here, tall as our mountains
Slice through the windows and cut off the sun.
On such days I find 1 am longing for Puerto Rico
Though I never would return 'til you are free
Rut when I hear the Agumaldo my heart's a little lighter
And we dance together Aurea and me
In my life I've been unlucky with two husbands
Gumersindo liked his rum and women friends
Then that hypocrite who beat you and preached
about repentance
Has gone, and so another Sunday ends
And tomorrow is another hard working Monday
I'm still hoping for the raise they promised me
There's a Job as operator
I would not have to wait for
If I could speak the language easily
But I tell Aurea:
The barrio's boundaries are our own little nation
Sometimes I hear you run upstairs
And I view my light with resignation
Keep your bible near you
Time is an ocean of endless tears.


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  1. Diana Kurtz

    I felt like that when I moved from Puerto Rico to the Bronx :(

  2. Lynda Mondragon

    Does anyone know where to get sheet music for this song, or any from the original musical?

  3. Mawoule Simon

    Amazing song!
    The life of the immigrants!

    Diana Kurtz

    we are NOT immigrants! we move from Puerto Rico to the US...we are US Citizens!

  4. Erika Oldberg

    truly wonderful, tells a whole story in so few words

  5. johnnyohness

    Others have done this song but nobody does it like Ednita Nazario. Such a pure voice...she was perfect for this.

  6. moonshelblu

    Yes "time is an ocean of endless tears" Thanks for posting

  7. sjorsk

    Thanks for this. It's such a great song.