Dance Of The Indian Boy in Bolivia

DANCE OF THE INDIAN BOY 

IN LA PAZ CATHEDRAL PLAZA

Music: Andean  Words:   P. Agnos

 

The sweat pours down my face  The pave-stones cut my bare feet.

But I must dance till dawn or there’ll be no corn to eat….

DANCE, LITTLE BEGGAR, DANCE PRETTY BEGGAR, 2x

DANCE, LITTLE BEGGAR, DANCE.                                

 

We did not eat at noon, Last night we could not sleep;

The cold wind from the Andes though the cracks did creep.

DANCE LITTLE BEGGAR, DANCE PRETTY BEGGAR

DANCE IF YOU WISH TO EAT.

DANCE LITTLE BEGGAR, DANCE SKINNY BEGGAR

DANCE ‘TILL YOU’VE BLOODY FEET.

 

I am of that noble tribe that once ruled this ancient land.

Now I dance to please El General and beg pesos from his  hand.

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The good padre blessed my head, But my fingers still are cold.

Ma madre coughs up blood And looks eighty-five years old.

WHEN LITTLE BEGGAR? WHEN LITTLE BEGGAR,

WHEN LITTLE BEGGAR, WHEN?

WHEN WILL WE RISE, AND STOP EATING THEIR LIES

WHEN LITTLE BEGGAR, WHEN?

 

 I think, sometimes I dream  there will come a happier day,

All the kids will eat ice cream  and have time enough to play.

DANCE LITTLE BEGGAR, DANCE LITTLE BEGGAR

DANCE LITTLE BEGGAR, DANCE.  (4X)

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