“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.
“First Day” Lyrics Album: Limon y Sal (Lemon and Salt), 2006 Style: Pop, love song, possibly breakup song, possibly the start of a new relationship though it sounds like one person wants it more than the other. Country: Mexico Listen:YouTube