pop the grate at the crack of dawn, sing as i wipe down the awning/hey y’all, good morning
i used to think the bronx was a place in the sky/when the world was just a subway map
ah, mama, so many stars in cuba/en nueva york we can’t see beyond our streetlights/to reach the roof you’ve got to bribe the supa/ain’t no cassiopeia en washington heights
i remember nights/anger in the streets, hunger at the windows
i don’t know (yo no se) what to do (que hacer) now that i’ve found you (ahora que te encontre)
as i sweep the curb, i can hear those turbo engines blazing a trail through the sky
oh snap, who’s that, don’t touch me i’m too hot!! YES!!
we’ll be working hard but, if we should drift apart/let me take this moment just to say/you are going to change the world someday
when i was a child i stayed wide awake/climbed to the highest place on every fire escape/restless to climb
my mom is dominican-cuban, my dad is from chile and p.r. which means/i’m chile…….domica-ric-an! but i always say i’m from queens
here’s to getting fired/to killing the mood/salud!
hold up/wait a minute/usnavi’s leaving us for the dominican republic??/and benny went and stole the girl that i’m in love with??/she was my babysitter first!!
yo, this is bogus/haven’t you noticed you get all your coffee for free?
your father said, ‘usnavi! that’s what we’ll name the baby!’/it really said ‘u.s. navy’ but hey
i’ll be a businessman richer than nina’s daddy/donald trump and i on the links and he’s my caddy!
yeah, i’m a streetlight chillin’ in the heat/i illuminate the stories of the people in the street
the way they’d whisper to each other about the warmer winter weather/inseparable, they even got sick together
WHY IS EVERYONE SO HAPPY?? WE’RE SWEATING AND WE HAVE NO POWER
in this album there’s a picture of abuela in havana/she is holding a rag doll/unsmiling, black and white/i wonder what she’s thinking/does she know that she’ll be leaving/for the city on a cold, dark night?/and on the day they ran/did she dream of endless summer?/did her mother have a plan, or did they just go?/did somebody sit her down and say, ‘claudia, get ready/to leave behind everything you know’?
maybe, maybe not, but way to take a shot when the day is hot i got perfect shady spot a little ways away that oughta cool us down
and i can say goodbye to you smiling/i found my island/i’ve been on it this whole time
it’s a wonderful life that i’ve known/merry christmas you ole building and loan!!