“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.
“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
“Careful”Lyrics Albums: Cuidado (1969); Someday New (2014) Style: Soulful alternative rock, ballad-like, with bass and acoustic instruments, including accordion. Countries: United States (Los Angeles, CA); Mexico
“Little Coin”Lyrics Album: Treinta 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
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?
“Sleepless” Album: Puro Tejano Gold (Pure Texan Gold), 2008 Style: Texan ranchera with a very slight cumbia influence. Bobby Pulido is a Mexican-American singer. This song is about unrequited and unknown love. The poor guy falls in love with a voice he heard on the radio. Listen to his sleepless tale below. Country: USA (Texas) Listen:YouTube
Será fe que yo encontré… una voz de ternura Que me llena de placer, cuando la oigo hablar. Con ella me enamoré, aunque nunca la conoci. Sueño en su querer y en sus brazos quiero dormir.
It must be fate that I found… a tender voice Who fills me with pleasure, when I hear it speak. I fell in love with her, even though I never met her. I dream about her love and I want to sleep in her arms.
“Cinnamon Skin” Style: Romantic bolero. This is a popular oldies song. You might have seen it in commercials or heard the tune in elevators. I think it’s on the Nacho Libre soundtrack. This song is passed around a lot. Country: United States (New York), Mexico Listen:YouTube
Que se quede el infinito sin estrellas, O que pierda el ancho mar su inmensidad, Pero el negro (alt. el brillo) de tus ojos que no muera, Y el canela de tu piel se quede igual.
May the infinite be left without stars, Or may the wide sea lose its immenseness, But may the blackness (alt. the glimmer) of your eyes never die, And may the cinnamon of your skin stay the same.