Fifteen

Mexico
       -- James Taylor

Way down here you need a reason to move
Feel a fool running your stateside games
Lose your load, leave your mind behind Baby James

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple, I just got to go
The sun's so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I'll have to go now

Americano got the sleepy eye
But his body's still shaking like a live wire
Sleepy señorita with the eyes on fire

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low
The moon's so bright like to light up the night
Make everything all right

Baby's hungry and the money's all gone
The folks back home don't want to talk on the phone
She gets a long letter, sends back a postcard
Times are hard

Oh, down in Mexico
I've never really been so I don't really know
Oh, Mexico
I guess I'll have to go
Oh, Mexico
I've never really been but I'd sure like to go
Oh, Mexico
I guess I'll have to go now

Talking 'bout in Mexico (Mexico)
In a honky tonk down in Mexico
Oh, Mexico
Mexico, Mexico
Oh, Mexico
Mexico, Mexico
Oh, Mexico
Mexico, Mexico

oh mexico

those first nights 
in the rented house
built into the barranca
at the top of 

a steep hill
a dead end
tecamachalco
mexico city

i tried to fall
asleep while 
the radio played 
"boogie nights" and

"you've got a friend"
imagining a thousand
wordless connections and
disconnections

"the future"
paused at the edge 
of my real life as
bone-white moonlight

poured over
the house above us
down the sheer yard wall
into my room

spilled over my bed 
my half formed 
body
slid into me with

each breath 
cold sharp 
wide
untranslatable

Suggested soundtrack: Pop radio from your 13th year.