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Who Gets To Stay

from Solo Bojo Music by Bob Wright

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I rediscovered this tune and can't believe I wrote it over ten years ago. Still relevant... unfortunately.


© Bob Wright

Who gets to stay?
Is what we’re all saying
And it’s tearing the country apart
Should we speak the same language
Should we all tackle Spanish
Does it matter… if we speak from the heart?

Who gets to stay? It is all so confusing
And it’s hard to know just what to think
Do we hire illegals or force them to leave
Does it matter if the economy stinks?

Are there too many Irishmen not enough Jews
Do we tell all the Mexicans we’ve had it with you
Do we shut down our borders and put up a wall
Or open the quotas and welcome them all

Who gets to stay? Has it all gone so far
That we call out the dogs and we fence in the yard
Do we load up the shotguns hold up your green cards
Do we celebrate diversity by reducing the odds

Are there too many Indians, Muslims and Sikhs
Do we tell all the Russians
We’d like them to leave
Do we shut ourselves off
From the rest of the world
Or ditch all the quotas and welcome them all

Who gets to stay?
Were your grandparents welcome
When they first stepped ashore in this land
Admit it or not they probably weren’t
That’s the fate of the immigrant man

Who gets to stay?
There are no easy answers
But one thing is perfectly clear
That we’ve come pretty far and we owe what we are
To the people who chose to come here


from Solo Bojo Music, released October 1, 2019


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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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