“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
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.
“The Little Lady Duck” / “Mama Webster” Style: Children’s song about a money-strapped mother duck Country: Mexico Listen: YouTube. Also, this website has mp3 files. “La Patita” is on the second column.
La patita De canasta y con reboso de bolita Va al mercado A comprar todas las cosas del mandado.
Mama Webster With basket and polka dotted shawl Goes to market To buy all the things for groceries.
“The Ugly Doll”Children’s Song Translation Composer: Francisco Gabilondo Soler (“Cri-Cri”) Style: Children’s song about an abandoned doll. I remember Cri-Cri’s songs from my childhood. I hadn’t heard these songs in sooo long. You have no idea! Cri-Cri is Mexico’s best known writer of children’s story songs. A quick search didn’t bring up any English translations, so here I am! Country: Mexico Listen: YouTube. This website has mp3 files. “La Muñeca Fea” is on the first column, about two-thirds of the way down the list.
Escondida por los rincones, Temerosa que alguien la vea, Platicaba con los ratones, La pobre muñeca fea.
Hidden around the corners, Fearful of being seen, She chatted with the mice, The poor ugly doll.