©2008 Garrett Clevenger
Ab Ellis Island, the gateway from the East.
Ab Millions boarded ships to find their dreams.
Db C Ab Payin' every penny, escapin' misery
Db D Eb Ab to move to a slum in New York City.
Ab My great, great grandparents made the move,
Ab but no one now remembers what they went through.
Db C Ab Sacrificin' so much, leavin' their homeland,
Db D Eb Ab hopin' the USA would enrich their hand.
Bm D Db Ab Immigration's only natural
D Eb Ab if you're from a land that's terrible.
Bm D Db Ab I'd make my way to the great ol' USA
D Eb Db Ab if I were livin' in a stricken place.
Ab Globalization I guess don't mean free trade
Ab If it did people would not be forbade
Db C Ab from crossin' borders freely to find work
Db D Eb Ab in any country where jobs may lurk.
Ab With so many people competing today
Ab It seems migration is here to stay.
Db C Ab Your new neighbors may come from Mexico
Db D Eb Ab but no one's really native, you should know.