The Pearl
                              Songwriter:
                                        Joshua Kadison
                              Artist:
                                        Joshua Kadison
                              Album:
                                        Delilah Blue (EMI Records, 1995)
 
                              © 1995 Joshuasongs (BMI)

                              Based on a Mexican folk legend and inspired by
                              John Steinbeck's novella "The Pearl"
 
 
 

                             There was a Pearl at the bottom of the sea.
                              He was a diver like you and me
                              from a little village built on the sand
                              where the people had nothing but faith in the Lord's
                              hand.

                              In the far-away near, the Pearl was always there,
                              floating like a dream or like a storm in the air...
                              and the Pearl grew bigger on the people's despair.
                              When the divers went to dive they prayed the same
                              sad prayer.

                              "Oh, God, help me find it this time.
                              When I hold it to the light, how the Pearl will shine."

                              Early one morning, fates changed everything,
                              Zandro's baby boy felt the scorpion's sting.
                              The town doctor just sent them away,
                              "Poor people like you got no money to pay."

                              In Maya's arms, her baby just cried,
                              while Zandro heard the Pearl's song pounding louder
                              inside.
                              Into his boat he put his wife and child
                              and paddled out into the ocean wild.

                              "Oh, God, help me find it this time.
                              When I hold it to the light, how the Pearl will shine.
                              Help me Lord, help me Lord, help me Lord, help
                              me."
                              When he held it to the light the great Pearl did shine.

                              Evil on evil, sin on sin...
                              the whole town's hunger started closin in.
                              The priest came from the churchyard to show his
                              deep concern.
                              The doctor came to visit, now there was money to be
                              earned.

                              His child got better despite the doctor's pills
                              whose plan it was to fake him sick, then pretend to
                              heal his ills.
                              And Maya said, "Let's throw this pearl back to sea.
                              I do believe it's wicked, it'll curse our family."

                              Oh, God, Zandro couldn't see the sign.
                              When he held it to the light the Great Pearl did shine.
                              Shimmering, glistening, glimmering, glowing.
                              When he held it to the light, the Great Pearl did shine.

                              With knives they came to steal his precious prize.
                              Zandro killed beneath the starless sky.
                              With blood-stains on his hands they had to flee,
                              but some crushed his boat, so they couldn't go by sea.

                              They fled into the mountains by moonlight.
                              Three hunters close behind them through the night.
                              Then high up on a rocky mountain side,
                              Zandro found a cave for his family to hide.

                              He spied the hunters camp and wainted 'til they slept.
                              With his knife strapped to his back, down the rocks
                              he crept.
                              Silently for hours, 'til he was almost there,
                              then just before Zandro planned to leap into the air,
                              high up on the mountain his child made a sound.
                              A gun went off, the song of eveil echoed all around.

                              Oh, Zandro killed the hunters
                              but it was all to late.
                              One bullet in the darkness
                              sealed his child's fate.

                              Maya took her baby down to the sea
                              with Zandro by her side, not beleiving such a thing
                              could be...
                              that his child would never waken fro his sleep.
                              Then Zandro threw the Pearl with all his might
                              and gave it back to the deep.

                              There was a Pearl at the bottom of the sea.
                              He was a diver like you and me...