by Tracy and David De Lucia

Genre: Americana/Country



He was a Cuban doctor, had it good in Havana
Before the overthrow

Grabbed his wife and daughter and took out on the water
Left behind his stethoscope

Miles and miles of one hell of a hell-ride
took it’s toll when that boat capsized, oh

he paid with his life
for the dream
that his family would live free
Should be a God-given right
but their freedom came with a price

Momma clung to her baby and to a float, made it safely to the coast
and was granted asylum

She made an honest wage
saved college funds so that one day
her daughter would be able to go

She stretched the rest enough to just get by
Too proud for that welfare line

working days and nights
for the American dream
To her it meant simply
Putting her needs aside
So her daughter would have a better life

And finally the day it came
When she saw her daughter graduate,
And the tears began to swell when she saw her on that stage
Turned her hands up and then
Looked to her husband above and said
We did it my darling
Your dream is alive today
We made it in the usa
Thank you for all you gave

It’s the sacrifice
the choices in your life
that plant the seeds
of your children’s dreams
Putting yourself aside
So that they can live better lives

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