“The Great Woman” Lyrics Album:La Gran Señora (The Great Woman), 2009 Style: Mariachi from an older woman to a younger woman, telling her that this homewrecking attempt won’t work. She will defend her home and family. Country: Mexico Listen:YouTube
Tenemos que hablar de mujer a mujer, Hay que dejar unas cosas en claro, Aunque no te guste tienes que entender, Lo que es mío es mío y no voy a soltarlo.
We have to talk (from) woman to woman, Let’s leave some things clear, Even if you don’t like it, you have to understand, What is mine is mine and I will not let it go.
“Like How One Loses a Star” Lyrics Album:Que Seas Muy Feliz (May You Be Very Happy), 1995 Style: Wailing prayer and mourning after the loss of a lover (likely by break up), with orchestral mariachi. Country: Mexico Listen:YouTube
Te quiero, Lo digo como un lamento, Como un quejido que el viento Se lleva por donde quiera.
I love you, I say it like a lament, Like a howl that the wind Takes away wherever it goes.
“Forever” Lyrics Album:Para Siempre (Forever), 2007 Style: Romantic mariachi serenade to a lover after a rough relationship spot. Relationships take work, but their love is forever. Country: Mexico Listen:YouTube
Vale más, un buen amor Que mil costales de oro. Vale más, un buen amor Por eso eres mi tesoro.
It’s worth more, a good love, Than a thousand sacks of gold. It’s worth more, a good love, That’s why you are my treasure.
“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.
“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.
“Four Paths” Style: Ranchera, mariachi, forsaken love song. A song about picking your life path when you feel lost. The cuatro caminos refers to the four cardinal directions. Country: Mexico Listen:YouTube, Amazon
Es imposible que yo te olvide. Es imposible que yo me vaya. Por donde quiera que voy te miro. Ando con otra y por ti suspiro.
It is impossible for me to forget you. It is impossible for me to leave. Because wherever I go, I see you. I am with another and I sigh for you.
“May Things Go Beautifully For You” Style: Sorrowful mariachi love song. This is a post-breakup song, with the narrator wishing his former lover nothing but good things. It sounds like he ended the relationship due to outside circumstances. Country: Mexico Listen:YouTube, Amazon. The song was also used for a 1978 Mexican film, but there is little information available online.
Ojalá que te vaya bonito. Ojalá que se acaben tus penas, Que te digan que yo ya no existo, Y conozcas personas más buenas...
I hope that things go beautifully for you. I hope that your sorrows end, That they tell you that I no longer exist, And that you meet better people…
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