Fra West Side Story, 1957
You lovely island ...
Island of tropical breezes
Always the pineapples growing,
Always the coffee blossoms blowing...
You ugly island...
Island of tropic diseases.
Always the hurricanes blowing,
Always the population growing...
And the money owing,
And the babies crying,
And the bullets flying.
I like the island Manhattan -
Smoke on your pipe and put that in!
I like to be in America!
Okay by me in America!
Everything free in America
For a small fee in America
I like the city of San Juan
I know a boat you can get on.
Hundreds of flowers in full bloom.
Hundreds of people in each room!
Automobile in America,
Chromium steel in America,
Wire-spoke wheel in America,
Very big deal in America!
I'll drive a Buick through San Juan.
If there's a road you can drive on!
I'll give my cousins a free ride
How can you get all of them inside?
Immigrant goes to America,
Many hellos in America,
Nobody knows in America,
Puerto Rico's in America!
I'll bring a TV to San Juan.
If there's a current to turn on!
I'll give them new washing machine.
What have they got there to keep clean?
ALL (except Rosalia):
I like the shores of America!
Comfort is yours in America!
Knobs on the doors in America,
Wall-to-wall floors in America!
When I will go back to San Juan -
When you will shut up and get gone!
Ev'ryone there will give big cheer!
Ev'ryone there will have moved here!