Song of the Pearl (Start of book)

"Baby Girl" by Sugerland

"Baby Girl" Lyrics

Dear Mom and Dad,
Please send money,
I'm so broke that it ain't funny.
I don't need much just enough to get me through.
Please don't worry 'cause I'm alright.
(I'm playin here at the bar tonight)
This time I'm gonna make our dreams come true...
Well I love you more than anything in the world.
Your Baby Girl

Dear Mom and Dad,
I'll send money. I'm so rich that It ain't funny.
Well it oughtta be more then enough to get you through.
Please don't worry cause I'm alright,
I'm stayin here at the Ritz tonight,
Whatta ya know we made our dreams come true!
And there are fancy cars and diamond rings,
But you know that they don't mean a thing,
Well they all add up to nothin compared to you,
Well, remember me in ribbons and curls...
I still love you more than anything in the world

Your Baby Girl

Sugarland - Baby Girl

"Baby Girl": Song of the Pearl

Kino often hears the Song of the Pearl in the book, The Pearl. When he hears the song he feels lucky and rich. "For every shell in the basket may contain a pearl".(pg 17) Little did he know he would find the Pearl of the World. That pearl made him dream of getting a rifle, better clothes, sending his child to school, marrying Juana and having Coyotito baptized. Overall, the Song of the Pearl portrays hope for a better life.

Like the Song of the pearl, "Baby girl's" lyrics have some of the same traits. Kino started off as a poor man living in a brush house, then he found the pearl and was considered a rich man. While Sugarland tells us how a girl was working to become a singer, and she was so poor she had her parents send her money. Then later on she became a famous singer with tons of money. In both cases, they went from poor to rich.

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