“Amárrame” by Mon Laferte (ft. Juanes), English translation of lyrics

“Tie Me Up” Lyrics
Album: La Trenza (The Braid), 2017
Style: Pop about the push and pull power play of a BDSM romance.
Country: Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Ay, quiéreme de a poco
Pero que no me dé cuenta y que nadie sepa.
Ven y cuídame
Pero que parezca que me estás haciendo daño.
Amárrame
.

Ay, love me little by little
But make it so I don’t figure it out and no one knows.
Come and take care of me
But make it seem that you are harming me.
Tie me up.

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“El Gavilan Pollero” by Pedro Infante, English translation of lyrics

“El Gavilán Pollero” (The Chicken Hawk) sung by Pedro Infante
Style: Ranchera about a man who lost his favorite hen and is in the bargaining stage of grief. This is a popular Mexican oldie and the title of a film from the golden age of Mexican cinema [YouTube link to the full film].
Country: Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

[Knocking sounds]

¡Cantinero! ¡Cantinero!

Barman! Barman!

Infeliz gavilán,
Se llevo la polla más linda que tenia en mi gallinero.

Wretched chicken hawk,
He took the most lovely hen I had in my chickenhouse.

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“Que Se Sepa Nuestro Amor” by Mon Laferte, Alejandro Fernández

“Let Our Love Be Known”
Album: SEIS (SIX), 2021
Style: Love song, mariachi serenade, romantic and public declaration of love.
Country: Chile, Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Desde que estoy a tu lado no sé concentrarme.
Pierdo noción de las horas, no sé a dónde voy.

Since I have been by your side, I cannot concentrate.
I lose track of time, don’t know where I’m going.

Cuando me ven mis amigos, suelen preguntarme,
Qué es lo que pasa conmigo, no saben quién soy.

When my friends see me, they often ask me,
What’s going on with me, they don’t know who I am.

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“Hermoso Cariño” by Vicente Fernández, English translation of lyrics

“Beautiful Beloved” Lyrics
Album: Personalidad (Personality), 1992
Style: Mariachi, regional Mexican, love song, romantic serenade
Country: Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Hermoso cariño,
Hermoso cariño
Que Dios me ha mandado
A ser destinado nomás para mí.

Beautiful beloved,
Beautiful beloved
That God has sent me
To be destined only for me.

Precioso regalo,
Precioso regalo
Del cielo ha llegado
Y que me ha colmado de dicha y amor.

Precious gift,
Precious gift
From heaven has arrived
And it fills me with bliss and love.

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“Para Siempre” by Vicente Fernández, English translation of lyrics

“Forever” Lyrics
Album: Para Siempre (Forever), 2007
Style: Romantic mariachi serenade to a lover after a rough relationship spot. Relationships take work, but their love is forever.
Country: Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Vale más, un buen amor
Que mil costales de oro.
Vale más, un buen amor
Por eso eres mi tesoro.

It’s worth more, a good love,
Than a thousand sacks of gold.
It’s worth more, a good love,
That’s why you are my treasure.

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“Un Millón de Primaveras” by Vicente Fernández, English translation of lyrics

“A Million Springs” Lyrics
Album: Para Siempre (Forever), 2007; Un Azteca en el Azteca (An Aztec in The Aztec), 2016
Style: Regional Mexican from Jalisco, with cello, guitar, and accordion. Song about unrequited love and serenades.
Country: Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation Notes:

Te molesta si te hablo de mi amor,
Y me pides, por favor, olvide el tema,
Y que cambie la letra de mis canciones,
Y tu nombre, quite ya, de aquel poema.

It bothers you if I talk to you about my love,
And you ask me, please, to forget the topic,
And to change the lyrics of my songs,
And your name, to remove now, from that poem.

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“Si Nos Dejan” by José Alfredo Jiménez, English translation of lyrics

“If They Let Us”
Style: Ranchera, romantic song about leaving to a happy new beginning with your lover
Country: Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Si nos dejan,
Nos vamos a querer toda la vida.
Si nos dejan,
Nos vamos a vivir a un mundo nuevo.

If they let us,
We will love each other our whole lives.
If they let us,
We will go live in a new world.

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“Hierba Mala” by La Santa Cecilia, English translation of lyrics

“Bad Weed” or “Bad Plant” Lyrics
Album: Quiero Verte Feliz (I Want to See You Happy), 2021
Style: Cumbia pop song about a bad person who lies and isn’t good to be around. The Marisoul has a great voice!
Country: USA (Los Angeles, CA)
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

No quiero escucharte ya.
No vale ni un peso,
Tus palabras que se van
Como hojas en el viento.

I do not want to listen to you anymore.
They aren’t worth even a dollar,
Your words that fly
Like leaves in the wind.

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“El Chico Del Apartamento 512” by Selena Quintanilla-Perez, English translation of lyrics

“The Guy From Apartment 512” Lyrics and Cultural Meaning

Album: Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love), 1994
Style: Tejano, Mexican cumbia
Country: USA (Texas)
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Translation:

Cada día es igual por mi pasillo.
Nunca llegó a mi puerta sin oír el chiflido
De un chavo que me dice que me está esperando.
Lo que él debería hacer es ir y darse un baño.

Every day is the same down my hallway.
I never get to my door without hearing the whistle
Of some guy who tells me that he’s waiting for me.
What he should do is go take a bath.

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“Tú” by Los Elegantes de Jerez, English translation of lyrics

“You” Lyrics
Album: (You), 2020
Style: Love song of the Música Norteña genre, with a focus on vocals, accordions, and bass.
Country: Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Eres más de lo que espero.
Si estos ojos no te miran, yo me desespero.
Si mis manos no te tocan, siento que me muero.
Necesito dosis diaria de tu dulce pelo.

You are more than I hoped for.
If those eyes don’t look at me, I get desperate.
If my hands don’t touch you, I feel that I die.
I need a daily dose of your sweet hair.

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