Gringo Samba

from Alter Ego by Dylan Bell

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This piece was inspired by a tour of Germany, after the band found ourselves on the wrong train! It speaks of the perils of the beleaguered tourist.


Going on a holiday to sunny Barcelona
Tried to learn the language through and through
And though I thought I tried my best
They said "east" but I heard "west"
Now I'm on a freight train to Kathmandu

And everything's so unfamiliar
Can't understand a word they say
Can't figure out how to use the telephone
I think I lost my passport
There's a scorpion in my shoe
I'm so confused and clueless
Tell me what else can I do?
I do the Gringo Samba

Never ask a soldier for directions to the bathroom
Don't ever order "coke" in Bogota
If a waitress slaps you in the face
Check your guidebook just in case
You might have asked her to go back to your room with her twin sister

Maybe I'll just take a bus to Bismarck North Dakota
I'm pretty sure that it's wild enough for me
On second thought I'll stay at home
And if I feel the urge to roam
There's always something exotic on my TV
So if you brought a mask and snorkel
While on Safari in Sudan
Don't say I didn't try to tell you so
If your pocket's full of Deutschmarks
But you're headed to Peru
You're swimming off the deep end
And there's nothing left to do
So do the Gringo Samba


from Alter Ego, released February 19, 2010
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In a word... multifaceted. Toronto-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. From a neo-classical choral opus to an unabashed rock song, I've probably written it... or at least working on it. I'm fortunate enough to make my work my play, touring across North America, Europe, and Asia. Visit me at ... more

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