“The Democracy” Lyrics Album:SEIS (Six), 2021 Style: Cumbia about politics in Latin America, lamenting poor conditions and atrocities done in the name of democracy. Country: Chile, Mexico Listen:YouTube
Tú no tienes la culpa de que la plata a nadie le alcanza. Tú no tienes la culpa de la violencia y de la matanza. Así el mundo nos recibió: con muchas balas, poca esperanza. Quiero que todo sea mejor, que se equilibre esa balanza.
It’s not your fault that money doesn’t stretch out far enough for anyone. It’s not your fault, the violence and the killings. This is how the world received us: with many bullets, little hope. I want everything to be better, for that scale to balance.
Tú no tienes la culpa de que a los pobres los lleven presos. Tú no tienes la culpa que quemen bosques por el progreso. Y los de arriba sacan ventaja, y la justicia quе sube y baja, Nos tienen siеmpre la soga al cuello, la vida al filo de una navaja.
It’s not your fault that the poor are taken prisoner. It’s not your fault that they burn forests for progress. And those above take advantage, and the justice that rises and falls, They keep a noose around our necks always, with life on a razor’s edge.
“The Fall”Lyrics, 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 to Flor Silvestre’s original version on YouTube.
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
“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.
Este es el corrido del caballo blanco, Que en un día domingo feliz arrancara. * Iba con la mira de llegar al norte, * Habiendo salido de Guadalajara.
This is the narrative of the white horse, That on a Sunday, happily took off. * He went with the goal of reaching the north, * Having left from Guadalajara.
“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
“I Want To See You Happy” Lyrics, 2021 single Countries: USA (California), Mexico Style: Cumbia about being ready to be happy again despite all the bad things happening in the world. Listen: YouTube, Amazon