“La Democracia” by Mon Laferte, English translation of lyrics

“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

Translation:

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.

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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.
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“Una de Dos” by Mariana Seoane ft. La Sonora Dinamita, English translation

“One or the Other” Lyrics
Style: Upbeat cumbia, romance, relationship ultimatum. She wants either commitment or a breakup.
Country: Mexico
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Translation:

Una de dos:
Te quedas al lado mio o te vas de una vez.
No soy de las que se entregan por un simple placer.
Sabes que no te miento y si no date la vuelta.
(x2)

One or the other:
You stay by my side or you leave once and for all.
I am not one of those girls who give themselves up for simple pleasure.
You know I don’t lie to you and if you don’t, turn around now.
(x2)

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