El Corrido de Oscar

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El Corrido de Oscar

January 15th
An afternoon on Garner
Young man saw his friend being beat just around the corner.
He moved to help his friend.
Un amigo de la calle.
Le dicen son pandilleros aqui en Salinas valle.

The fight was two on one
but then became an even match.
Shooter lurked behind the boy
and flint and steel scratched.

Survivors took off running,
Left him bleeding from the head.
Collapsed into the street,
Now that boy is dead.

Police were called,
Assessed the scene,
Called it gang related.
Reporters came,
Cameras followed,
But the memory hasn't faded.
The boy's name is Oscar.
Lay dying in a coma.
A volunteer with dreams of college,
of receiving a diploma.

Detectives worked overtime,
The judge,
He approved the warrant.
Searched to home in east Salinas
two arrests to show it.

Sixteen years old,
the same age as the obit.
But the shooter's still out there,
And the cops they know it.

Lawyer holds her head.
Grown weary from the burden.
Decision's not going to be easy.
Yeah heavy hearts are hurting.

Time is all we've got,
But that's no ally here.
The sentence is tomorrow,
and there's plenty left to fear.

Two piece yellow jump suit,
cheap plastic sandals.
Juvenile hall,
Petty thugs and vandals.
shackled and chained, the boys
They stand before the judge.
who inspects the babies,
but imposes state tough love.

Every morning father rises, goes and visits the grave,
of a 16-year-old son barely, old enough to shave.
He mumbles to himself, just to hide the tears.
And when the grounds men see him talking he says it's just the years.

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from Rum & Rebellion, released August 20, 2005

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