“The Fall”, lit. “The Impact” or “The Blast of Wind” Style: Mariachi Countries: United States (Texas), Mexico Listen: This song is full of life advice and metaphors. It speaks about the fall of a great tree. It was so large, and it fell so hard. The song is covered on Selena Quintanilla-Pérez’s anthology album, disc 2. Listen on YouTube here.
Deja amistades pa’ cuando caigas, Te den la mano. Brinde una copa pa’ cuando llores, Te den un trago.
Keep friendships so that when you fall, They give you a hand. Raise your glass (to others’ happiness) so that when you cry, They give you a drink.
“Let No One Know of My Suffering” Style: Varies, but commonly in the style of a Peruvian waltz Composer: Ángel Cabral (Argentina), 1936 Songwriter: Enrique Dizeo (Argentina) Country: Sung by many, originally from Argentina
“Kitipun” Lyrics Album: Literal (Literal), 2019 Style: Bachata, salsa, tropical love song. Country: Dominical Republic Listen: YouTube, Amazon. This song won “Best Tropical Song” and was nominated for Song of the Year in the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards.
Mi cuenta de ahorros, mi pasta dental, Mi guitarra Fender y mi celular. Mi libro de sushi comprado en Perú, Mi bata de baño y mi champú. (¡Oh!)
My checking account, my toothpaste, My Fender guitar and my cell phone. My book about sushi bought in Peru, My bathrobe and my shampoo. (Oh!)
“Simply Friends” Lyrics Album: SEIS (Six), 2021 Style: Mariachi about a lovestruck person wanting to know if their crush is interested in a relationship, or if they will stay simply friends. Countries: Chile, Mexico Listen: YouTube
Oye, dame una señal, La posibilidad de hacerlo a mi modo. Dale, no seas cohibido, Quiero algo contigo, Más que ser amigos.
Hey, give me a sign, The possibility of doing things my way. Come on, don’t be shy, I want something with you, More than being friends.
“The Woman” Lyrics Album: Seis (Six), 2021 Style: A gloriously dramatic bolero breakup song. The dramatic but energetic style makes the lyrics imagery clearly figurative, not literal, but possibly this needs a trigger warning for suicide/murder/drugs. Just in case! Countries: Chile, Mexico Listen:YouTube, Amazon
“The White Horse” Lyrics Style: Corrido about a white horse, but it’s really about a road trip all over Mexico on a car (romanticized as a horse). Country: Mexico Listen: YouTube, Amazon
This song is about a road trip [es] that José Alfredo Jiménez took from Guadalajara (in central Mexico) to Baja California (just south of the United States southwest) on a white 1957 Chrysler. It is a good song to teach Mexican geography, since he mentions the places he passes on his journey.