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GUEST,Chicken Charlie Lyr Req: La Cucaracha (62* d) RE: Lyr Req: La Cucaracha 14 May 08


To reinforce a couple things which, though already stated correctly somewhere have been re-stated incorrectly:

Una escena me da risa          One thing gives me a laugh
Pancho Villa sin camisa       Pancho Villa with no shirt (on)

Which is natural, because judging by late pix, Villa hadn't seen his sixpack abs in decades.

Ya se van las Caranzistas      Now Caranza's men are running
Po'rque vienen los Villistas   Because Villa's men are here.

--Literally "are coming," but to fit the meter, I sing it "are here."

It's not just the accent--"why?" is two words, por que?
Because is one word--porque--with the accent on the o.

Verses I may have missed but don't recall seeing above and am too tired to SEARCH are these--

Mi vecina de enfrente          My neighbor cross the way
Se llamaba Don~a Clara         Is a girl named Don~a Clara,
Y si no habia muerto          And if she hasn't died yet,
Es probable se llamara         She'll be known as that tomorrow.

Maybe pure nonsense, but possibly the intimation is that poor D.C. is rather plain; her name will not change because no one will marry her.

Las muchachas de la villa      All the girls in the city
No saben ni dar un beso       Don't know nothing about kissing,
Cuando las de Albuquerque      While the ones in Albuquerque
Hasta estiran la pezqueso      Stretch their necks to keep
                                        from missing.

La, not el, with body parts. See "Levante las manos!" schtick in "Our Man From Havana."

La muchachas de Las Vegas      All the girls in Las Vegas
Son muy altas, delgaditas      They are tall and very skinny,
Pero son mas perdiguen~as      But they're worse for plaintive
                                       pleading
Que las animas benditas.       Than the souls in Purgatory.

Please--benditas. Please, dude, do not repeat the egregious mistake of thinking because we're talking bandits that it must be banditas, which actually would mean little flags. Benditas. Sorry, I'm overly retentive on this point.

The car thing? Necesita automovil ....
I have another take on it: GTA I. Zapata is still alive when the verse is sung. You know that because he has ordered his followers to meet at a certain place & now they have to go there. But amigo, it is very far, no? Si. I think it is so far, we need an automovil to get there, no? Si. Here comes a rich person now, driving one--let's take his, what do you say? Si!

There should be accents on all those si's too.

Anyway, that's a long enough post for one day.

Chicken Charlie, aka Don Carlos de Pollo y Huevos Revueltos


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