Van Dyke Parks – “Heroes and Villians” (1966)

September 10, 2008 at 10:00 pm (Poetry & Literature, The Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks)

I’ve been in this town so long that back in the city,
I’ve been taken for lost and gone and unknown for a long, long time
Fell in love years ago with an innocent girl,
From the Spanish and Indian home of the heroes and villains.

Once at night, Catillian squared the fight,
And she was right in the rain of the bullets that eventually brought her
But she’s still dancing in the night, unafraid,
Of what a dude’ll do in a town full of heroes and villains

Heroes and villains, just see what you’ve done
Heroes and villains, just see what you’ve done

Stand or fall, I know there shall be peace in the valley,
And it’s all an affair of my life with the heroes and villains

In the cantina, margaritas keep the spirit high
There I watched her, she spun around and wound in the warmth,
Her body fanned the flame of the dance
Dance, Margarita, don’t you know that I’m in love with you
You’re under arrest!

My children were raised, you know they suddenly rise
They started slow, long ago, head-to-toe, healthy, wealthy, and often wise
At three-score and five, I’m very much alive
I’ve still got the jive to survive with the heroes and villains.

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