From the recording Welcome to the World

Back in NYC, lost, defeated and heartbroken, after wanderings around the country in my 1985 Honda Civic, my good friend Maria Hinojosa asked me to write a song for the "naming ceremony" of her first child, Raul Ariel.  The assignment forced me to consider things that I felt were worth living for, things a baby would have to look forward to in this world. Writing and singing the song at Raul's naming ceremony became part of my own rebirth. Since Maria is Mexican-American and her husband German is Dominican, I put into the song many Spanish words and references to Latin American culture. Maria included the lyrics in her book "Raising Raul" (available at Amazon and a great read!) I have sung it at other baby naming ceremonies, with the lyrics tweaked to reflect the particular baby's background. Four years after writing the song my wife Amy and I were able to live the experience up close of seeing the world through a baby's eyes when our daughter Lilly was born. 
On the record I am joined by Mariachi de mi Tierra.

Lyrics

WELCOME TO THE WORLD, GLAD TO HAVE YOU HERE
WELCOME TO THE EARTH, WATER, FIRE AND AIR
WELCOME TO OUR LIVES, GLAD YOU CAME ALONG
MAY YOUR MIND BE WISE AND YOUR HEART BE STRONG
THROUGH YOUR EYES YOU WILL SEE
EVERYTHING THAT IS TRUE
THROUGH YOUR EYES WE WILL SEE
EVERYTHING AS IF NEW
SO MUCH TO TOUCH, TASTE, SMELL AND HEAR
TO SEE AND TO FEEL, TO MAKE YOUR OWN AND TO SHARE
 
SUNRISE, BLUE SKIES, BURGER AND FRENCH FRIES
SALSA, MERENGUE, CAFÉ CON LECHE
MINGUS, COLTRANE, RIDING ON AN AIRPLANE
BESO DE TU NOVIA, ABRAZA DE UN AMIGO
LIBROS, PAJAROS, PERROS Y GATOS
LOS MARES, LOS RIOS, EL SOL Y EL DIOS
LA LUCHA FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE AND PEACE
A SPACIOUS APARTMENT WITH A RENT CONTROL LEASE
CONVERSATION, EDUCATION, SUMMER VACATION
NERUDA Y BORGES, ARBOLES Y FLORES
BEISBOL Y FUTBOL, HANGING OUT AT THE MALL
MERCEDES SOSA, CELIA CRUZ
ROCK N’ ROLL, RHYTHYM AND BLUES
THE CANYONS AND MOUNTAINS, WATERFALLS AND FOUNTAINS
THE BEATLES AND DYLAN, JUST SITTING AND CHILLIN
LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISO, NUEVE YORK AND SANTO DOMINGO
Y MAS Y MAS Y MAS, WELCOME TO THE WORLD
BIEN VENIDO EL MUNDO, WELCOME TO THE WORLD
(GRACIAS POR LA TIERRA, GRACIAS POR EL CIELO
GRACIAS POR MIS COMPANEROS, GRACIAS POR MI ESPOSA, GRACIAS POR MI HIJA)