[PIRAGUA GUY] Sigue andando el camino por toda su vida Respira...
[COMMUNITY] Y si pierdes mis huellas que dios te bendiga Respira
[NINA] This is my street I smile at the faces I’ve known all my life They regard me with pride And everyone’s sweet They say, “You’re going places!’ So how can I say that while I was away I had so much to hide!
“Hey guys, it’s me! The biggest disappointment you know.” The kid couldn’t hack it She’s back and she’s walkin’ real slow Welcome home Just breathe...
[NINA] Just breathe—
[COMMUNITY] Sigue andando el camino por toda su vida Respira—
Y si pierdes mis huellas que dios te bendiga Respira—
[NINA] As the radio plays old forgotten boleros I think of the days when this city was mine I remember the praise
[NINA] “Ay, te adoro, te quiero,” The neighborhood waved, and Said, “Nina, be brave and You’re gonna be fine!” And maybe it’s me But it all seems like lifetimes ago
[COMMUNITY] Te adoro
Te quiero Respira!
[NINA] So what do I say to these faces that I used to know? “Hey, I’m home?”
[NEIGHBOR LADY] Mira Nina
[COMMUNITY] No me preocupo por ella
[NINA] They’re not worried about me
[COMMUNITY] Mira, allí esta nuestra estrella!
[NINA] They are all counting on me to succeed
[COMMUNITY] Ella sí da la talla!
[NINA] I am the one who made it out! The one who always made the grade But maybe I should have just stayed home…
When I was a child I stayed wide awake Climbed to the highest place On every fire escape Restless to climb
I got every scholarship Saved every dollar The first to go to college How do I tell them why I’m coming back home? With my eyes on the horizon
[COMMUNITY] Ah! Ah, aah… Mira Nina Respira… Respira… Ah!
[NINA] Just me and the GWB, asking, “Gee Nina, what’ll you be?"
Straighten the spine Smile for the neighbors Everything’s fine Everything’s cool The standard reply: “Lots of tests, lots of papers.” Smile, wave goodbye And pray to the sky, oh, god… And what will my parents say?