El Salvador (Monday Monday Song #26)

KMLS Plays Guitar

I had the privilege of visiting Central America on multiple occasions. While the civil wars of the 80s and 90s have faded, the countries are still struggling to recover from decades of war. I offer the following song that I wrote in 1990 as a prayer for the continued healing of this region.

I know a land where the people die
where they kill priests in broad daylight.
I’m tired of reading about it in the news.
Somebody’s got to do something and it’s got to be me and you.

El Salvador. El Salvador.
Your name means the Savior,
El Salvador.
Just like He was crucified,
every day your people die.
El Salvador.
We’re awaiting the resurrection end
to this bloody war.

It doesn’t matter whose side you’re on
when you’re fighting a war
because the ones who suffer the most
are usually the poor.
Those lovely green mountains run red
with the kill.
If we don’t speak out and stop it,
tell me, who will?

El Salvador. El Salvador.
Your name means the Savior,
El Salvador.
Just like He was crucified,
every day your people die.
El Salvador.
We’re awaiting the resurrection end
to this bloody war.

They drop your body out in the street
when they are through
and if you’re lucky your mother will
recognize you
If you’re not, then you are one of
the disappeared.
Come on, Washington, when will you
feel their tears?

El Salvador. El Salvador.
Your name means the Savior,
El Salvador.
Just like He was crucified,
every day your people die.
El Salvador.
We’re awaiting the resurrection end
to this bloody war.


January 12, 1990

Copyright Keith M. Lyndaker All Rights Reserved

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