Song title: Sinaloa cowboys
Miguel came from a small town in northern Mexico.
He came north with his brother Louis to California three years ago
They crossed at the river levee when Louis was just sixteen
And found work together in the fields of the San Joaquin
They left their homes and families
Their father said, “My sons one thing you will learn
For everything the north gives, it exacts a price in return.”
They worked side by side in the orchards
From morning till the day was through
Doing the work the hueros wouldn’t do.
Word was out some men in from Sinaloa were looking for some hands
Well deep in Fresno county there was a deserted chicken ranch
And there in a small tin shack on the edge of a ravine
Miguel and Louis stood cooking methamphetamine
You could spend a year in the orchards
Or make half as much in one ten-hour shift
Working for the men from Sinaloa
But if you slipped the hydriodic acid
Could burn right through your skin
They’d leave you spittin’ up blood in the desert
If you breathed those fumes in
It was early one winter evening as Miguel stood watch outside
When the shack exploded lighting up the valley night
Miguel carried Louis’ body over his shoulder down a swale
To the creekside and there in the tall grass Louis Rosales died
Miguel lifted Louis’ body into his truck and then he drove
To where the morning sunlight fell on a eucalyptus grove
There in the dirt he dug up ten-thousand dollars all that they’d saved
Kissed his brothers lips and placed him in his grave.
Published on the following official releases:
First known live performance: 28/10/1995 Shoreline Amph., Mountain View,CA ,USA
- THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD (Album,1995)
Last known live performance: 20/10/2005 DCU Center, Worcester,MA ,USA
Played at the Bridge Benefit show of 1995.
Published on the solo album THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD, in 1996.
Bruce performed this song during each show of the Ghost of Tom Joad tour
One only rendering for this song in the Reunion tour (28/10/1999 Oakland Arena, Oakland,CA ,USA)
Played during the 'Double Take' shows in 2002
Two only performances during the Devils and Dust tour (28/06/2005 iCC Arena, Berlin ,Germany and 20/10/2005 DCU Center, Worcester,MA ,USA)