I Felt Like a Gringo

Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of HeatGot a ton of white boy guilt, that’s my problem
Obstacle of joy, one reason to use some drugs.
Slept on a Mexican beach — slept in trash
American trash! Thinking too much can ruin a good time.

I asked a Mexican who ran a bar for Americans
“Who won,” I said “The election?”
He laughed, I felt like a gringo
They played a song and they had some fun with us.

Why can’t you buy a good time? Why are there soldiers in the street?
Why’d I spend the fourth in someone else’s country?

—Mike Watt
I Felt Like a Gringo

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