what’s a simple man to do lyrics – steve earle

dear graciela, i’m writin’ this letter
deep in the night and i’m all alone
it’s nearly breakin’ my heart to tell you
i’m so far away from home
i know i said i’d never cross the border
i know i promised to return to you
but i lost my job in the maquiladora
what’s a simple man to do?

i met a man in tijuana
said he had a job for me to do
standin’ on a corner in san diego
with a pocketful of red balloons
all i wanted was a little money
all i needed was a week or two
i never even saw the police comin’
what’s a simple man to do?

tell my mamma that i said i’m sorry
i know she didn’t bring me up this way
ask if she could light a candle for me
pray that i’ll come home someday
oh graciela, won’t you please forgive me
i never meant to bring this shame to you
i lost my job in the maquiladora
what’s a simple man to do?

/ steve earle lyrics