New York City, c. 1964.
ROSALIA Puerto Rico, You lovely island … Island of tropical breezes. Always the pineapples growing, Always the coffee blossoms blowing …
ANITA Puerto Rico … 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. Ilike the island Manhattan. Smoke on your pipe and put that in!
OTHERS Ilike to be in America! O.K. by me in America! Ev’rything free in America For a small fee in America!
ROSALIA Ilike the city of San Juan.
ANITA Iknow aboat you can get on.
ROSALIA Hundreds of flowers in full bloom.
ANITA Hundreds of people in each room!
ALL Automobile in America, Chromium steel in America, Wire-spoke wheel in America, Very big deal in America!
ROSALIA I’ll drive a Buick through San Juan.
ANITA If there’s aroad you can drive on.
ROSALIA I’ll give my cousins afree ride.
ANITA How you get all of them inside?
ALL Immigrant goes to America, Many hellos in America; Nobody knows in America Puerto Rico’s in America!
ROSALIA I’ll bring a T.V. to San Juan.
ANITA If there acurrent to turn on!
ROSALIA I’ll give them new washing machine.
ANITA What have they got there to keep clean?
ALL Ilike the shores of America! Comfort is yours in America! Knobs on the doors in America, Wall-to-wall floors in America!
ROSALIA When I will go back to San Juan.
ANITA When you will shut up and get gone?
ROSALIA Everyone there will give bigcheer!
ANITA Everyone there will have moved here!