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katlaughing 02 Jan 10 - 12:50 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 02 Jan 10 - 05:53 PM
katlaughing 02 Jan 10 - 05:56 PM
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Subject: Corridos with recordings and lyrics
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 12:50 AM

In looking for something for another thread, I happened upon a neat site from the Kennedy Center's Arts Edge of Mexican corridos with vintage recordings, photos, and lyrics. My favourite is El Corrido de Caballo con Hambre y Sed which is about a drunkard horse and nephew. That one is mostly in English, but the singers' lyrics vary greatly from the text lyrics. I've written to the editor to why and invited him/her to Mudcat.

Anyway, some of them are not so old, there is a political one with Vincente Fox in it.

If any are interested the site is HERE

Here's some info on corridos from another NEAT SITE:

Corrido - This Mexican and Chicano ballad form developed during the 19th century and reached its peak during the first half of the 20th. Pure folk ballads in their simplicity, their detail, their deadpan performing style, the corridos were the history books, news reports, and editorials of the illiterate. They chronicled the whole of the Mexican Civil war, almost all notable crimes, strikes, and other political events, and a hundred other subjects besides.

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Subject: RE: links: Mexican Corridos with recordings and lyrics
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 05:53 PM

The corrido is also very much American, composed and sung by people of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and New Mexico, some even from southern Colorado.
A volume in the series, "Music in American Life," sadly out-of-print, contains a fine collection of these songs, including corridos, all with musical scores and English translations.
Americo Paredes, 1976, "A Texas-Mexican Cancionero, Folksongs of the Lower Border," University of Illinois Press.

The volume contains two devoted to a cattle drive from Texas to Kiansis (Kansas). One has a corrido rhythm, a cancion de grito of ranches and cantinas.
Both start out- (trans.)

When we left for Kansas on a big cattle drive,
my caporal shouted, "Take good care of my beloved."
Another caporal replied, "Have no fear, she has no other loves,
For if a woman is virtuous, no matter if she lives among men."
On arrival in Kansas, the steers were hard to pen; a vaquero is killed and the caporal has to tell the mother upon return to San Antonio, Texas.
A sad tale, like so many of them.

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Subject: RE: links: Mexican Corridos with recordings and lyrics
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 05:56 PM

Thanks for that, Q.

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