Papa Danced On Olvera Street

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Across the way from Union Station is our family's favorite stand
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You can take a seat and eat and drink, hear the mariachi bands
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L.A.'s oldest road is a market place run by charming and kind latinos
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You'll ignore faint scents of sewage once you've tasted them taquitos
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There was that day the world seemed brighter, The hot green sauce a little hotter 
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(You know you've got a good batch when your eyes begin to water)
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And I believe God laughed along with our surprise at happy feet
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Papa stood straight up and did a little dance there on old Olvera Street

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Couldn't help himself 'cos the day was warm and the company was sweet
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And strangers laughed too at the sight that made our day complete
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With his family gathered on Father's Day, his love ran wide and deep
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And Papa said so with his little dance down on old Olvera Street
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Above us loomed Avila Adobe, Oldest house in Los Angeles
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Did I really see that second sight that nearly brought me to my knees?
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Encarnacion Abela, Francisco The Rancher's grieving widow
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Watchin Papa dance (I swear her sad ghost smiled there
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In the upper story window)

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She couldn't help herself 'cos the day was warm and the sight was oh so sweet
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The crowd laughed too at that joyous soul who made our day complete
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With his family gathered on Father's Day dad's love ran wide and deep
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And he said so with his little dance down on old Olvera Street

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In a world that wounds us time to time that glimpse of grace was so sublime
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And though the Angels now live in Anaheim, they flew in just for a peak 
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At that miracle of a fandago down on old Olvera Street

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And heaven knows I love that man, he's more than half of who I am
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It's the thing I'm beginning to understand
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I wish my heart had moved my feet
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And I had joined my Daddy when he danced that day down on old Olvera Street
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