Monday, 23 of October of 2017

Ellis Island

I can’t go on and on like this, there must be something more
I hear that in America they have this golden door
If I work hard I can enter, I’ll find the key
For my children, when I have them, if not for me
I have my hope

You’ve got no money
You’ve got no friends
Don’t know the language yet you go
To the ends of the Earth
What do you have that they’d want?
What do you think you are worth?

I have hope
Have my dreams
I’ll have children someday
For them there must be a better way
Where sunlight gleams
Upon the water far away

I hear there is this lady, to welcome you with open hands
Some say she isn’t real, but they don’t understand
If I work hard she will be there, I do believe
I do work hard, but there is nothing in this land I’d leave
There is no hope

You’ve got no money
You’ve got no friends
Don’t know the language yet you go
To the ends of the Earth
What do you have that they’d want?
What do you think you are worth?

I have hope
Have my dreams
I’ll have children someday
For them there must be a better way
Where sunlight gleams
Upon the water far away


And now we’re on this island, thousands just like me
Freed from the hold of our ships, after ten days at sea
I can work hard, I tell the man who’s asking questions
Trembling that I’ve made the wrong impressions
I come in hope

But I’ve got no money
I’ve got no friends
Don’t speak your language but here I am
At the end of my rope
What do I have that you’d want?
The words are cold in my throat

You have hope
You have dreams
You’ll have children someday
If you’re looking for a better way
Welcome to America
Welcome to Ellis Island

Copyright (C) 2001 by Steven Brant. All rights reserved.