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Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja Have Stolen My Heart

GaryD 21 Oct 08 - 05:52 PM
Joe Offer 21 Oct 08 - 06:33 PM
Joe Offer 21 Oct 08 - 07:32 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 21 Oct 08 - 08:03 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 21 Oct 08 - 08:41 PM
Joe Offer 21 Oct 08 - 08:58 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 21 Oct 08 - 09:01 PM
GaryD 22 Oct 08 - 08:02 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja have Stolen my Heart
From: GaryD
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 05:52 PM

There is a fantastic song called The Cowboys of Baja have stolen my heart. I'd like the lyrics, but even Google and Dogpile are stumped... you can get CD's or MP3's galore, but no lyrics printed... You guys have never let me down... any help out there?..... Take Care, Gary


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja have Stolen my Heart
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 06:33 PM

Well, apparently it's the title song of a 1992 CD by San Diego singer Deborah Liv Johnson. This review (click) says "Johnson's voice is so beautiful as to compare sensually with eating double-chocolate fudge mousse."
Makes me think I gotta hear this song. You can hear samples of her singing here (click).

-Joe-


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Subject: ADD: Cowboys of Baja Have Stolen my Heart
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 07:32 PM

Ah, MP3's are so good at giving immediate satisfaction....
Here's my guess. As you can see, there are some weak spots.
Maybe we can get Amos of San Diego to give a second opinion. I can see him singing it as a medley with Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other.
-Joe-

THE COWBOYS OF BAJA HAVE STOLEN MY HEART
(Deborah Liv Johnson, BMI)

Far south of the border, beyond Ensenada,
Where down in the blue sky, the cholla head bloom;
I met a cowboy, his name was Arturo,
A tall, Spanish cowboy who rode on a mule.
Arturo was handsome, Arturo was gentle,
Arturo was strong as the mid-morning sun;
He rode the country, from rancho to rancho,
He knew the earth like an intimate friend.

CHORUS
And I sing for the laughter, the wind and the water,
I sing for the moonlight upon the cardón.
I write in my memory, from canyon to canyon,
The cowboys of Baja have stolen my heart.

The cirio* dances against the horizon,
It waves our direction and sends us alone; (?)
We ride the mesas, surrounded by starlight,
The moon just a whisper on the trail where we've gone.
[instrumental bridge]
And then 'round the fire, the light on our faces,
I watch as Aruturo plays his guitar,
He sings a story of love in the mountains,
Of love in the moment I've just come to know.

CHORUS (twice)




*I'm guessing this is another variety of desert plant, like cardón and cholla. Phonetically, the word is "see-ree-o." "Cirio" is a succulent, while cardón and cholla are varieties of cactus.

I'm sure of the first verse and chorus, but I have some trouble with the first two lines of the second verse. BMI lists Deborah Liv Johnson as the songwriter.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja have Stolen my Heart
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 08:03 PM

Cirio- the tree-like plant known to botanists and extreme SW gardeners as Idria (formerly Fouquieria) columnaris, and to some Americans as 'boojum;' not a cactus but a succulent plant of another group.

Called cirio by Hispanics because of its resemblance to a large wax candle.

Somehow I can't visualize one as 'dancing,' but the song is good.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja have Stolen my Heart
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 08:41 PM

Also mentioned is the cardón, a large branching cactus that grows to 60 feet (some resemblance to the Saguaro, another striking Baja plant).

First verse, line 2- 'chollo' heads (pl.) Fouquieria splendens?
But I think the word is cholla, the cactus (Ocotillo) with the meanest spines in the world but attractive blooming 'heads'.

'Chollo' is seldom used for the Fouquieria, and in the SW it is sometimes applied to Hispanic men.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja have Stolen my Heart
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 08:58 PM

Thanks, Q. I figured you would know, and almost sent you a personal message to ask. I should have heard "cholla" in the first place, but relied on a dictionary instead of on my memory from that area.
I wasn't familiar with "cirio."
Based on your advice, I changed the lyrics in my post.
My wife likes the idea of a strong, handsome guy who plays the guitar and sings in Spanish. I thought maybe it would help if I learned to play the guitar, but I think she's hoping for more than just that.....
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja have Stolen my Heart
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 09:01 PM

Oh, my! should have proofed.
Ocotillo- Fouquieria splendens
Opuntia- the Latin name for cholla and other cacti of that group.


Digression- "Cholla" is the name of a horse with a growing reputation as a painter. Some originals are priced to $5000 (prints $90).
Horse art
Shown alongside horse paintings by humans.

Cholla the artist
The website of Cholla, the horse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja have Stolen my Heart
From: GaryD
Date: 22 Oct 08 - 08:02 AM

Thanks, guys!.... I appreciate your help, and as always, I'm always amazed at your expertise out there.... Also loved the little Spanish lesson.... my talents lie more in Swedish, which is no help in this song! Although I could probably come up with a few Sven & Ole jokes... you know "Sven isn't as dumb as he looks.... although of course he almost CAN'T be!"....

Anyway, thanks for the lyrics, I'll sing it at my next jam... by the way, Joe's comment about listening to this lady is a good one. If you haven't heard her sing, you really oughta!..

Take Care,   Gary


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cowboys of Baja Have Stolen My Heart
From: GUEST,MEA
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 11:42 PM

It seems like "sends us along" makes more sense than "sends us alone" plus it rhymes better with "gone".


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