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Mexican Cafe

I pulled into a tiny cafe on the Mexican border
And the waitress said something I think meant,
“may I take your order?”
Her eyes were the color of coal
But no habla Español, unfortunately

Still it seemed like that goddess in gingham couldn't keep her eyes off me
So I said, “huevos rancheros, guacamol@, salsa, and...coffee”
She disappeared with a wink
And I started to think...

She’s been waiting for me all her life
I could take her away from all this
She could be mine, leave her apron behind
With just one little word from her lips
I could take her away from all this

She brought me my coffee, silverware, sugar and cream
Then she went back to the kitchen, and I went back to my dream
Where I wait ‘til the end of her shift
Then I say, “do you need a lift?”
And she says...“si”

But three hour later I met my new waiter named “Juan”
And when I asked of my sweetheart, he said, “Carmalita?, she’s gone”
I guess I missed my chance
To tell her of our big romance

That she’s been waiting for me all her life
I could take her away from all this
Yeah, my lady of Spain could’ve shared my last name
But now she’ll never know what she’s missed

That she’s been waiting for me all her life
I could take her away from all this
And there’s a little cafe on the street where I live
Where she would’ve made excellent tips
I could take her away from all this


@ 1996 Craig Carothers/Steve Seskin