“Ingrate” Lyrics Albums:Re, 1994; Amar y Vivir (To Love and To Live), 2017 Style: Original version is a mix of a Mexican corrido norteño and grunge rock. The cover song starts as a ballad and becomes a tango. Song to an “ungrateful” ex-lover who keeps coming back and causing pain. Warning: violent end. Countries: Mexico City (Café Tacvba); USA, Mexico, Chile (La Santa Cecilia and Mon Laferte) Listen:Café Tacvba (original); Duet by La Santa Cecilia and Mon Laferte (cover)
Ingrata, No me digas que me quieres, No me digas que me adoras, Que me amas, Que me extrañas, Que ya no te creo nada.
Ingrate, Don’t tell me that you care for me, Don’t tell me that you adore me, That you love me, That you miss me, For I no longer believe anything you say.
“Bad Weed” or “Bad Plant” Lyrics Album: Quiero Verte Feliz (I Want to See You Happy), 2021 Style: Cumbia pop song about a bad person who lies and isn’t good to be around. The Marisoul has a great voice! Country: USA (Los Angeles, CA) Listen: YouTube
No quiero escucharte ya. No vale ni un peso, Tus palabras que se van Como hojas en el viento.
I do not want to listen to you anymore. They aren’t worth even a dollar, Your words that fly Like leaves in the wind.
“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
“The Lighthouse”Lyrics Album: Noche y Citas (Night, and Dates), 2010 Style: Ballad with accordion music in the background. This is a song about someone who fell in love hard and is melancholy about it. It sounds like unrequited love. Pobrecita. Country: United States (Los Angeles, CA) Listen: YouTube
Unrelated, I saw the recently released Cesar Chavez movie last weekend. It was good! I worry sometimes that movies about famous civil rights people will be too serious, but this movie had many light and funny moments, too. Go watch it.
¿Cómo logro provocar El rocío de una flor? ¿Cómo logro dominar El amor?
How do I manage to provoke The dew of a flower? How do I manage to dominate Love?
“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?
“Nuestro Juramento” is a well-known romance song across Latin America and arguably Julio Jaramillo’s most famous song. It is about human mortality and passion. It is two lovers who declare to continue loving each other forever, and to be devastated should the other die. The verb jurar means “to swear, to vow” and a juramento is an oath or a vow.