San Pedro Sula

from by Kay Clarity

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about

I read a gripping article a few years ago about the effects of the drug trade in Honduras since the 90s, and the full sections of one of its largest cities, San Pedro Sula, that are now run by gangs. It is (or at least was just then) the murder capital of the world.

The article featured a morgue owner, who daily watches desperate mothers come look for their sons there after they don’t come home; they expect to find them dead. 30 years ago, he said, it was all elderly people coming into the morgue; now under 30 is the main demographic he sees brought in. The article ended with the haunting quote by that pained mortician: “The devil lives in San Pedro Sula.”

You can’t make this stuff up. So I wrote a song.

lyrics

The devil lives in San Pedro, they say
I saw him in a dream
He wore cuffed jeans and a slick '22
And jet black Oakleys

Now they're headed for the border, the Promised Land
The drugs are gonna pay
The great north calls to you
The U S of A

There's gold in the hills
But blood on our shoes
We forgot about God
And the soul of truth

Cast the devil out, Jesus
Cast the devil out
Cast the devil out, Jesus
Cast the devil out

The hills will keep on shining just like they do
In the burnt summer sun
But where the light shines, the darkness shows
San Pedro's blood

There's gold in the hills
But blood on our shoes
We forgot about God
And the soul of truth

Cast the devil out, Jesus
Cast the devil out
Cast the devil out, Jesus
Cast the devil out

Sula, Sula, dream in gold
Don't bother waking up
Don't hope to grow old
Heaven has the streets you crave
And if you don't die today
And you walk straight and brave
You might just make it some day

There's gold in the hills
But blood on our shoes
We forgot about God
And the soul of truth

Cast the devil out, Jesus
Cast the devil out
Cast the devil out, Jesus
Cast the devil out

Copyright 2017.

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from The Jewel Collections, released November 13, 2017

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