This is a song dedicated to a true hero. Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax was stabbed and left for dead on a sidewalk in Jamaica Queens New York after defending a woman from an attacker. Over 20 people walked by without helping him while he lay dying. He died April 18, 2010.
I wrote the song, “The Patron Saint of Jamaica Queens,” as a tribute to Hugo’s memory. He was a homeless man who gave everything he had to give defending someone; his very life.
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Words and music by: Luke Austin Daugherty -Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved Luke Austin Daugherty
“The Patron Saint of Jamaica Queens”
V1. I didn’t wake up this morning and think that I would die tonight-I just thought I might find a soft place to fall- ’cause after all, we all need a place, but I have…
Ch. I have nowhere to lay my head- I have no place to go- I have nowhere to lay my head- I have no place to go…
V2. It’s cold and dark in Jamaica Queens, so I huddle ‘neath the lights of the street- I saw her in danger and frozen in fright- thought I’d be her angel tonight, ’cause I…
V3. Sometimes a knife to the heart is not just a metaphor- some things are fair in New York that are not in love and war- and standing there they just watched me here- like I’m Jesus with no cross and no beard…
Bridge: Am I a 3-D doormat underneath this city’s feet- a super hero with only the power to bleed- the man in white with no white coat or hat- losing the battle to the man in black
V4. So this will be my widow’s mite- I don’t have two coins, so I’ll just give my life and- Saint Peter meet me at the gates- I called for Michael to defend, but he was running late and I…