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The Line

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First time played on: 21/11/1995

Latest time played on: 13/08/2005

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Lyrics

I got my discharge from Fort Irwin
took a place on the San Diego county line
felt funny bein' a civilian again
it'd been some time
my wife had died a year ago
I was still tryin' to find my way back whole
went to work for the INS on the line
With the California Border Patrol


Bobby Ramirez was a ten-year veteran
We became friends
his family was from Guanajuato
so the job it was different for him
He said' "They risk death in the deserts and mountains"
pay all they got to the smugglers rings,
we send 'em home and they come right back again
Carl, hunger is a powerful thing."


Well I was good at doin' what I was told
kept my uniform pressed and clean
at night I chased their shadows
through the arroyos and ravines

drug runners, farmers with their families,
young women with little children by their sides
come night we'd wait out in the canyons
and try to keep 'em from crossin' the line


Well the first time that I saw her
she was in the holdin' pen
Our eyes met and she looked away
then she looked back again
her hair was black as coal
her eyes reminded me of what I'd lost
she had a young child cryin' in her arms
and I asked, "Senora, is there anything I can do"


There's a bar in Tijuana
where me and Bobby drink alongside
the same people we'd sent back the day before
we met there she said her name was Louisa
she was from sonora and had just come north
we danced and I held her in my arms
and I knew what I would do
she said she had some family in Madera county

if she, her child and her younger brother could just get through

At night they come across the levy
in the searchlights dusty glow
we'd rush 'em in our Broncos
and force 'em back down into the river below
she climbed into my truck
she leaned towards me and we kissed
as we drove her brothers shirt slipped open

and I saw the tape across his chest

We were just about on the highway
when Bobby's jeep come up in the dust on my right
I pulled over and let my engine run
and stepped out into his lights
I felt myself movin'
felt my gun restin' 'neath my hand
we stood there starin' at each other

as off through the arroyo she ran

Bobby Ramirez he never said nothin'
6 months later I left the line
I drifted to the central valley
and took what work I could find
at night I searched the local bars
and the migrant towns
Lookin' for my Louisa

with the black hair fallin' down
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21/11/1995State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJUnited States
22/11/1995Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJUnited States
26/11/1995Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
27/11/1995Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
29/11/1995Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CAUnited States
30/11/1995Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CAUnited States
03/12/1995Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, ILUnited States
05/12/1995Constitution Hall, Washington, DCUnited States
06/12/1995Constitution Hall, Washington, DCUnited States
08/12/1995Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
09/12/1995Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PAUnited States
12/12/1995Beacon Theater, New York, NYUnited States
13/12/1995Beacon Theater, New York, NYUnited States
15/12/1995Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MAUnited States
16/12/1995Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MAUnited States
17/12/1995Beacon Theater, New York, NYUnited States
07/01/1996Place des Arts, MontrealCanada
08/01/1996Massey Hall, TorontoCanada
10/01/1996Fox Theatre, Detroit, MIUnited States
11/01/1996Fox Theatre, Detroit, MIUnited States
12/01/1996Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown, OHUnited States
16/01/1996Music Hall, Cleveland, OHUnited States
17/01/1996Music Hall, Cleveland, OHUnited States
18/01/1996Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MOUnited States
22/01/1996Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LAUnited States
23/01/1996Jesse Jones Hall, Houston, TXUnited States
25/01/1996Music Hall, Austin, TXUnited States
26/01/1996Bronco Bowl, Dallas, TXUnited States
28/01/1996Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GAUnited States
12/02/1996Alte Opera, Frankfurt am MainGermany
14/02/1996Kulturpalast, DresdenGermany
15/02/1996Rudi Sedlmayer Halle, MunichGermany
17/02/1996CCH Halle 1, HamburgGermany
18/02/1996Phillipshalle, DsseldorfGermany
21/02/1996Le Znith de Paris, ParisFrance
22/02/1996Le Znith de Paris, ParisFrance
25/02/1996De Doelen, RotterdamNetherlands
26/02/1996Carr, AmsterdamNetherlands
28/02/1996Apollo Theatre, ManchesterGreat Britain
29/02/1996Symphony Hall, BirminghamGreat Britain
02/03/1996City Hall, NewcastleGreat Britain
03/03/1996Playhouse Theatre, EdinburghGreat Britain
13/03/1996The Cirkus, StockholmSweden
14/03/1996Spektrum, OsloNorway
16/03/1996Falkoner-Teatret, CopenhagenDenmark
19/03/1996Kings Hall, BelfastGreat Britain
20/03/1996The Point, DublinIreland
10/04/1996Auditorium S.Cecilia, RomeItaly
11/04/1996Teatro Smeraldo, MilanItaly
13/04/1996Teatro Carlo Felice, GenovaItaly
16/04/1996Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
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19/04/1996ICC, BerlinGermany
20/04/1996Queen Elizabeth Hall, AntwerpBelgium
22/04/1996Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
24/04/1996Brixton Academy, LondonGreat Britain
25/04/1996Brixton Academy, LondonGreat Britain
27/04/1996Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
30/04/1996Palais de Congres, StrasbourgFrance
01/05/1996Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, BrusselBelgium
02/05/1996Kongresshaus, ZurichSwitzerland
06/05/1996Teatre Tvoli, BarcelonaSpain
07/05/1996Teatre Tvoli, BarcelonaSpain
08/05/1996Palacio de Congresos, MadridSpain
16/09/1996Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PAUnited States
18/09/1996Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CTUnited States
19/09/1996Performing Arts Center, Providence, RIUnited States
24/09/1996Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MIUnited States
25/09/1996University of Akron, Thomas Hall, Akron, OHUnited States
26/09/1996University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIUnited States
01/10/1996Braden Auditorium, Normal, ILUnited States
02/10/1996Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WIUnited States
03/10/1996Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MNUnited States
15/10/1996Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City, UTUnited States
16/10/1996Paramount Theatre, Denver, COUnited States
17/10/1996Paramount Theatre, Denver, COUnited States
19/10/1996Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, NMUnited States
21/10/1996Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZUnited States
22/10/1996Civic Theatre, San Diego, CAUnited States
23/10/1996Saroyan Theatre, Fresno, CAUnited States
25/10/1996Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CAUnited States
26/10/1996Event Center Arena, San Jose, CAUnited States
28/10/1996Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, ORUnited States
29/10/1996Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WAUnited States
08/11/1996St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold, NJUnited States
12/11/1996Shea\'s Perf. Arts Center, Buffalo, NYUnited States
13/11/1996Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, NYUnited States
14/11/1996Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MAUnited States
19/11/1996North Auditorium, Memphis, TNUnited States
20/11/1996The Louisville Palace, Louisville, KYUnited States
21/11/1996Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, INUnited States
24/11/1996Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
25/11/1996Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
26/11/1996Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJUnited States
02/12/1996Sunrise Musical Theater, Sunrise, FLUnited States
03/12/1996Sunrise Musical Theater, Sunrise, FLUnited States
05/12/1996Township Auditorium, Columbia, SCUnited States
06/12/1996Jefferson Civic Centre, Birmingham, ALUnited States
10/12/1996Music Hall, Cincinnati, OHUnited States
11/12/1996Veteran\'s Auditorium, Columbus, OHUnited States
12/12/1996Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TNUnited States
14/12/1996Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NCUnited States
27/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
29/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
30/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
31/01/1997Tokyo International Forum Hall, TokyoJapan
04/02/1997Concert Hall, BrisbaneAustralia
05/02/1997Concert Hall, BrisbaneAustralia
07/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
08/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
10/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
11/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
12/02/1997Capitol Theatre, SydneyAustralia
15/02/1997The Palais, MelbourneAustralia
16/02/1997The Palais, MelbourneAustralia
17/02/1997The Palais, MelbourneAustralia
06/05/1997Austria Center, ViennaAustria
07/05/1997Austria Center, ViennaAustria
09/05/1997Sala Congresowa, WarsawPoland
10/05/1997Sala Congresowa, WarsawPoland
12/05/1997Congress Center, PragueCzech Republic
15/05/1997Auditorium M.Ravel, LyonFrance
16/05/1997Opera Berlioz-Le Corum, MontpellierFrance
18/05/1997Acropolis, NiceFrance
19/05/1997Le Zenith-Omega, ToulonFrance
21/05/1997Teatro Verdi, FlorenceItaly
22/05/1997Teatro Augusteo, NaplesItaly
25/05/1997Palais des congrs de Paris, ParisFrance
26/05/1997Palais des congrs de Paris, ParisFrance
03/05/2005Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAUnited States
11/05/2005Rosemont Theatre, Chicago, ILUnited States
15/05/2005CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland, OHUnited States
28/05/2005Royal Albert Hall, LondonGreat Britain
18/07/2005HSBC Arena, Buffalo, NYUnited States
13/08/2005Pontiac Theatre at GM Place, VancouverCanada