Each month (more or less), we will install a lyric sheet here for a Shrimp City Slim original song that might be timely.  


I was a vagabond in South America late 1975 into spring 1976.  My journey started in Bogota, Colombia and I made it all the way to La Paz, Bolivia before my money really began to run out.  A lot of fun and adventure every step of the way.   Here is a song remembering a couple of starry nights in the ancient Inca fortress-town of Ollantaytambo (Peru).  From the CD "Star Marina" (2013).

March 16, 2021

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ONLY A MATTER OF TIME  (words & music: Gary Erwin, copyright 2011, published by Blue Chasqui Music (BMI).

I wish you could have seen me / I was so lonely / in Ollantaytambo

Eating cuy by candelight / on the banks of the mighty Rio Urubamba

"How many children do you have?", "Where is your wife?", la india asked as she slid beneath me

Well, she's down the mountain somewhere / dropping acid with the cholos in Chacabuco

Chorus:  Only a matter of time before we feel the rain

I ran out of money in Trujillo / and had to drink Inca Kola for three days before the bus pulled out

Passing Chan Chan in the morning mist / I swore I heard the gulls cry out my name

Could it be true that one day soon / I would have to face her again in Miami?

Chorus:  Only a matter of time before we feel the rain