“Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony, English translation of intro and lyrics

“Living My Life” Lyrics
Album: Marc Anthony 3.0, 2013
Style: Joyful anthem encouraging you to seek happiness.
Country: USA (New York & Puerto Rico)
Listen: YouTube, Amazon

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“Ella Me Enamoró” by La Santa Cecilia, English translation of lyrics

“She Made Me Fall In Love” Lyrics
Album: Quiero Verte Feliz (I Want To See You Happy), 2021 
Style: Cumbia about falling in love
Country: USA/Mexico (Mexican-American)
Listen: YouTube, Amazon

Translation:

En la locura de este pensamiento
Salen corriendo todos mis deseos.
Quisiera liberar mi pensamiento,
Buscándote a ti.

In the lunacy of this thought
All my desires go flying [*lit. running].
I would like to liberate my mind,
Looking for you.

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“Quiero Verte Feliz” by La Santa Cecilia and Lila Downs, English translation

“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

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“Cuidado” by José José; La Santa Cecilia; English translation of lyrics

“Careful” Lyrics
AlbumsCuidado (1969); Someday New (2014)
Style: Soulful alternative rock, ballad-like, with bass and acoustic instruments, including accordion.
Countries: United States (Los Angeles, CA); Mexico

Listen:

The song by José José is directed to a lover who is doing things that will lead to a breakup. You can listen to the original version by José José (1969) or La Santa Cecilia’s cover (2014) at YouTube. I love the way lead singer Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez harmonizes the warnings in the lyrics until the words vibrate.

José José:

La Santa Cecilia:

Today is the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, but Day of the Dead is coming up on November 1-2. I recommend listening to La Santa Cecilia’s lively “La Negra” (YouTube and translation). I’m also curious about the upcoming animated movie, The Book of Life premiering October 17.

Translation (following La Santa Cecilia’s version):

Cuidado,
Mucho cuidado,
Que estás tomando por un rumbo equivocado.

Careful,
Be very careful,
Because you are going down a wrong road.

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“Monedita” by La Santa Cecilia, English translation of lyrics

“Little Coin” Lyrics
AlbumTreinta Días (Thirty Days), 2013
Style: Alternative, energetic, cheerful song praising humble lifestyles. This is a song about not needing money to be happy, about valuing humility, and about how living within one’s means is healthier than over-spending to impress others. Good vocals by lead singer La Marisoul and accordion play by Jose “Pepe” Carlos.
Country: USA (Los Angeles, CA)
Listen: YouTube, Amazon

Translation:

Bonito tu trajecito, ¿cuánto das por la apariencia?
Bonito tu cochecito, ¿no te pesa en la conciencia?

Very nice, your little outfit; how much for that appearance?
Very nice, your little car; doesn’t it weigh on your conscience?

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“Quiero Para Ti” by Los Panchos, English translation

I Want For You” Lyrics
Style: Romantic bolero
Countries: USA (New York), Mexico, Puerto Rico
Listen @ YouTube

Quiero para ti,
De una tarde de abril,
Su magico esplendor.

I want for you,
From an April afternoon,
Its magical splendor.

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“La Contestación” by Los Lonely Boys, English translation

“The Answer” by Los Lonely Boys, English Translation of Spanish Version
Album: Los Lonely Boys, Track #12
Style: Rock
Country: USA (Texas)
Listen @ YouTube

¿A poco no está
Duro pa’ ti?
¿Pa’ que sigues así
Si aquí estoy yo?

Isn’t it
Hard for you?
Why do you continue like this
If I’m here?

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“Los Lonely Boys” 2004 Album Translation

Los Lonely Boy’s self-titled album is English with Spanish. The songs are pretty short, so I’m just going to translate all the Spanish parts in bilingual songs in one post. 

TRACK #1: “Señorita” 

You’re my little señorita, y tú eres la más bonita  

You’re my little señorita, and you are the most beautiful

Señorita = affectionate diminutive of señora (lady, Mrs., Madam); Miss, Mademoiselle 

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