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Thread #70036   Message #1276837
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
20-Sep-04 - 08:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Baby Owlet
Subject: Lyr Add: TECOLOTE
Another version from Central America, just one verse.


Tecolote de Guadeña
Pájaro madrugador!
Me prestarás tus alitas,
Me prestarás tus alitas,
Para ir a ver mi amor,
Para ir a ver mi amor!

Pobrecito tecolote ya se cansa de llorar.
The little tecolote wearies of its crying now.

Listen to the tecolote,
Birdie of the rosy dawn,
Take me on your feathery winglets,
To my dearest love far away!
To my dearest love far away!

Notes- Central America. In parts of Central America, the owl is supposed to have miraculous powers.
Ms Hague often left out succeeding verses in longer songs and may have left out verses here. At the time, she found it difficult to get around in Mexico (think of Villa, Zapata, the Federales, the Old Gringo).
No. 73, p. 97 with music, Collected by Eleanor Hague, 1917 (rep. 1976, Kraus), The American Folk-Lore Society, C. E. Stechert & Co. NY.