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      Bob Dylan - Hurricane Música y Letra

      Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
      Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall.
      She sees the bartender in a pool of blood,
      Cries out, "My God, they killed them all!"
      Here comes the story of the Hurricane,
      The man the authorities came to blame
      For somethin' that he never done.
      Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
      The champion of the world.
      Three bodies lyin' there does Patty see
      And another man named Bello, movin' around mysteriously.
      "I didn't do it," he says, and he throws up his hands
      "I was only robbin' the register, I hope you understand.
      I saw them leavin'," he says, and he stops
      "One of us had better call up the cops."
      And so Patty calls the cops
      And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin'
      In the hot New Jersey night.
      Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
      Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin' around.
      Number one contender for the middleweight crown
      Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
      When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
      Just like the time before and the time before that.
      In Paterson that's just the way things go.
      If you're black you might as well not show up on the street
      'Less you wanna draw the heat.
      Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops.
      Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin' around
      He said, "I saw two men runnin' out, they looked like middleweights
      They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates."
      And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head.
      Cop said, "Wait a minute, boys, this one's not dead"
      So they took him to the infirmary
      And though this man could hardly see
      They told him that he could identify the guilty men.
      Four in the mornin' and they haul Rubin in,
      Take him to the hospital and they bring him upstairs.
      The wounded man looks up through his one dyin' eye
      Says, "Wha'd you bring him in here for? He ain't the guy!"
      Yes, here's the story of the Hurricane,
      The man the authorities came to blame
      For somethin' that he never done.
      Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
      The champion of the world.
      Four months later, the ghettos are in flame,
      Rubin's in South America, fightin' for his name
      While Arthur Dexter Bradley's still in the robbery game
      And the cops are puttin' the screws to him, lookin' for somebody to blame.
      "Remember that murder that happened in a bar?"
      "Remember you said you saw the getaway car?"
      "You think you'd like to play ball with the law?"
      "Think it might-a been that fighter that you saw runnin' that night?"
      "Don't forget that you are white."
      Arthur Dexter Bradley said, "I'm really not sure."
      Cops said, "A poor boy like you could use a break
      We got you for the motel job and we're talkin' to your friend Bello
      Now you don't wanta have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow.
      You'll be doin' society a favor.
      That sonofabitch is brave and gettin' braver.
      We want to put his ass in stir
      We want to pin this triple murder on him
      He ain't no Gentleman Jim."
      Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
      But he never did like to talk about it all that much.
      It's my work, he'd say, and I do it for pay
      And when it's over I'd just as soon go on my way
      Up to some paradise
      Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
      And ride a horse along a trail.
      But then they took him to the jailhouse
      Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.
      All of Rubin's cards were marked in advance
      The trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance.
      The judge made Rubin's witnesses drunkards from the slums
      To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
      And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger.
      No one doubted that he pulled the trigger.
      And though they could not produce the gun,
      The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
      And the all-white jury agreed.
      Rubin Carter was falsely tried.
      The crime was murder "one," guess who testified?
      Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
      And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride.
      How can the life of such a man
      Be in the palm of some fool's hand?
      To see him obviously framed
      Couldn't help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
      Where justice is a game.
      Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
      Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
      While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
      An innocent man in a living hell.
      That's the story of the Hurricane,
      But it won't be over till they clear his name
      And give him back the time he's done.
      Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
      The champion of the world.

      Bob Dylan - Hurricane Música y Letra





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