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Album: Songs From The Capeman

Time Is An Ocean

I speak to you in Jesus's name
As Jesus speaks through me,
The evil we do can't be blamed upon our destiny
I have walked through the valley of death-row to the shore
I have stumbled through silvery water to my savior, my Salvador!
It took me four years to learn
I was in prison not in church.
And two more to begin the book of my soul's search.
Time is an ocean of endless tears
A wild boy from the streets of El Barrio
An orphan from the hills of Mayag¨¹ez
And when I wrote my story
The words flew from the page
And my soul in solitary
Escaped its iron cage.
Time is an ocean of endless tears
Mama, I got your letter today
The next time that you write I'll be transferred far away.
I'm leaving Greenhaven's towers of stone
Where the Latin population will soon be minus one.
Time is an ocean of endless tears.
I know how hard it's been for you these many years,
You say the Aguinaldo makes you dream of home
Where once we strolled the beach at El Malecon
Go back don't you worry, I am your grown-up son.
The politics of prison are a mirror of the street.
The poor endure oppression
The police control the state.
Correctional facility
That's what they call this place
But look around and you will see
The politics of race.
A forest and a prison
Where the snow and guards are white
If you want to keep your sanity
You'll teach yourself to write.
You were a child of sixteen
With a twelve-year-old mind
You came here numb and battered
By the streets I left behind
I'll take the evil in me
And turn it into good,
Though all your institutions
Never thought I could
So now I'll turn to say goodbye
I'll keep your image in my eye
I turn around to say goodbye
I'll keep your image with me till the day I die
Time is an ocean of endless tears
Lead Vocal-Marc Anthony
Lead Vocal-Ruben Blades
Acoustic Guitar-Paul Simon
Piano-Oscar Hernandez
Guitar-Steve Cropper
Guitar-Vincent Nguini
Bass-Ruben Rodriguez
Conga, Guira-Milton Cardona
Drums-Robby Ameen
Soprano Saxophone-Bobby Franceschini
Flute-Oriente Lopez
Bass Clarinet-Pablo Calogero
Trumpet-David Rodriguez
Flugel-Barry Danielian
Trombone-Ozzie Melendez
Violin-Krista Feeney
Violin-Paul Peabody
Viola-Juliet Hafner
Cello-Laura Bontrager
Horn Arrangement-Oriente Lopez
Orchestration-Stanley Silverman

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