Puerto Rico

from Still Out There by Up in the Air

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It remains a travesty how our government treated Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 hurricane struck the island. Puerto Rico suffered catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis; most of the island's population suffered from flooding and a lack of resources, compounded by the slow relief process. The storm caused the worst electrical blackout in US history, and i10 months later thousands of homes and businesses were still without power. A year after the hurricane, an estimated official death count was 2,975 killed. The song's lyrics speak for themselves. Jeff does a sweet guitar solo followed by Scott's beautiful
dobro solo.

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Puerto Rico
written by John Beccia

Puerto Rico......an island in our country
Puerto Rico..... not even is a state
Puerto Rico....because you’ve got no money
Puerto Rico.............I guess he thinks you’re fake

Puerto Rico.....the storm it leaves you battered
Puerto Rico.....destruction in it’s wake
Puerto Rico......guess you don’t really matter
Puerto Rico....I guess he thinks you’re fake

CHORUS--Puerto Rico....Puerto Rico.....Puerto Rico
I guess he thinks you’re fake

Puerto Rico....tonto destruido (so much destroyed)
Puerto Rico....you bend but will not break
Puerto Rico...because you are latino
Puerto Rico....I guess he thinks you’re fake

REPEAT CHORUS

Instrumental- same as verse

Puerto Rico.....parte de nuestro mundo (part of this world)
Puerto Rico.......when will our country wake
Puerto Rico.....todos somos uno (we are all one)
Puerto Rico..............
He really is the fake (repeated 8X)

credits

from Still Out There, released March 19, 2020
John Beccia - mandolin, synth piccolo, synth steel drum, background vox
Suzy Newman lead vocal
Phil Gross - bass
Rich Daulton - drums
Victor Rocha - timbales
Jeff Bedrosian - electric guitar, background vox
Scott Bailey - dobro, quinto
The Jade Bros. - (Duane English, Turkp Semmes, Rick Matthews) -background vox

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Up in the Air Santa Margarita, California

Up in the Air blends elements of structure and improvisation into musical styles as varied as folk, pop, dixieland, bluegrass, latin, and worldbeat. The result is a fresh and ultimately dancable musical experience with a conspicuously multi-cultural sound. Their original songs center on themes of social equity and justice, environmental consciousness, love, and respect for others. ... more

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