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"Quiero Estar Contigo" by Selena Quintanilla-Perez, English translation of lyrics

"I Want To Be With You"
Lyrics: A.B. Quintanilla III (Selena's brother)
Album: Anthology, 1998
Style: Tejano, ranchera, happy love song
Country: USA (Texas), with Mexican heritage

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Selena! Beloved singer who helped make the bridge for Spanish music and Latino artists in the United States. You went mainstream at a time when Mexican-Americans were still confined to Spanish-only media. Thank you for paving the way for many other entertainers after you. You could have become so much bigger if you hadn't been killed almost 20 years ago on March 31, 1995.

Even if she's gone, we still love Selena. She was kind, uncorrupted, and talented. Listed to her upbeat and hopeful love song at YouTube here.

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By the way: This is the 300th song posted to Songlations!
Since November 2007 to March 2015: 89 months, 300 songs, ~3.4 songs/month.
Thank you for your support all these years.

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"Que Te Vaya Bonito" by Jose Alfredo Jimenez, English translation of lyrics

"May Things Go Beautifully For You"
Style: Sorrowful mariachi love song
Country: Mexico

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This is a post-breakup song, with the narrator wishes his former lover nothing but good things. It sounds like he ended the relationship due to outside circumstances. The song was used for a 1978 Mexican film, but there is little information available online. Listen to the song at YouTube here.

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Translation:

Ojalá que te vaya bonito.
Ojalá que se acaben tus penas,
Que te digan que yo ya no existo,
Y conozcas personas más buenas....


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"La Unica" by Juanes, English translation of lyrics

"The Only One"
Album: Un Día Normal (A Normal Day), 2002
Style: Rock, love song, sweet
Country: Colombia

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In "La Única", Juanes sings about his irreplaceable, incomparable lover. It is a sweet love song from an old album. Listen at YouTube here. (Also, Happy St. Patrick's Day!)

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Translation:

Yo te quiero a ti.
Yo no quiero a nadie más.
Porque eres tú la que me hace suspirar.


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"Mi Verdad" by Ana Tijoux, English translation of lyrics

"My Reality", alt. "My Truth"
Album: Vengo (I'm On My Way), 2014
Style: Melodious and slow hip hop, sing-song metric
Countries: Chile/France

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Ana Tijoux sings about feelings of loneliness, feeling out of place, connecting with her culture, and finding her people. It's a song for the bicultural people who have at some point felt out of place and devalued. For context, Ana Tijoux was born and raised in France by parents exiled from Chile. She returned to Chile in her later teenage years. This album includes a lot of songs reclaiming and celebrating her heritage.

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Translation:

Por mi piel morena, borraron mi identidad.
Me sentí pisoteado por toda la sociedad.
Me tuve que hacer fuerte por necesidad.
Fui el hombre de la casa a muy temprana edad.


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"No Estoy Tan Mal" by Gaby Moreno, English translation of lyrics

"I'm Not So Down" by Gaby Moreno
Album: Postales (Postcards), 2012
Style: Blues, soul
Countries: Guatemala; USA (immigrant)

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Gaby Moreno won "Best New Artist" for the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards. Her style is mainly blues, with a little alternative rock influence. I like how her lyrics have words that change meaning or emotional intensity from one phrase to another. Listen to the song at YouTube here.

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Translation:

Sueño. No tengo sueño.

I dream. I'm not sleepy.

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"Depende" by Jarabe de Palo, English translation of lyrics

"It Depends"
Album: Depende, 1998
Style: Mellow pop/rock
Country: Spain (Barcelona)

Listen:

This is a mellow song about life. The lyrics are well-metered and the title is repeated a lot, making it slightly hypnotic in the background. Listen at YouTube here.

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Translation:

Que el blanco sea blanco,
Y que el negro sea negro.
Que uno y uno sean dos,
Porque exactos son los números.


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"Llégale a mi Guarida" by Calle 13 feat. Vicentico, English translation of lyrics

"Come to my Lair"
Album: Residente o Visitante, 2007
Style: Angry slow rap, violent imagery, folk-style chorus
Country: Puerto Rico

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This song is angrier and more despairing than Calle 13's other violent and over-the-top songs like "John El Esquizofrénico" and "Algo Con Sentido." The other songs have more fantasy and satirical elements. They're parody; this isn't. This song sounds like snippets were taken from the journal entries of an angry youth who didn't know what to do with himself yet. It is very creepy. The folk-style chorus makes it sound mellow, though. Listen at YouTube here.

Trigger warning: Graphic, violent thoughts directed at the audience.

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"Azul" by Natalia Lafourcade, English translation of lyrics

"Blue"
Album: Hu Hu Hu, 2009
Style: Alternative pop, a little bubble pop, melodious
Country: Mexico

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Happy New Year! Good luck with your new resolutions.

This is a song about many phobias, including social phobias and insecurities. Natalia Lafourcade wants to grow out of her fears. She wants space to go out and live her life, but she also kind of doesn't. The video shows Natalia as a young girl; she is adorable! Apparently, Natalia's record label didn't originally want to promote the song "Azul", so she promoted it separately on her MySpace.

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Translation:

Tengo miedo que el tiempo
Venga y me coma.
Tengo miedo que el viento
Robe mi voz.


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"En La Obscuridad" by Belinda, English translation of lyrics

"In the Darkness"
Album: Catarsis (Catharsis), 2013
Style: Club, techno
Country: Spain (born), Mexico (raised)

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Tomorrow is the winter solstice, so here is a club song that mentions being in darkness a lot.
The song is about addiction to love, superficially, but also about addiction to drugs. People walk on walls in the music video, and the police come in the end. Don’t mess up your biochemistry, people. The song is energetic, though. Listen to it at YouTube here.

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"Andamos Huyendo" by Julieta Venegas, English translation of lyrics

"We Are Fleeing"
Album: Aquí (Here), 1997
Style: Alternative rock, piano, about persecution
Country: Mexico

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This is a song from Julieta Venegas' debut album. The subjects of the song are people in danger, persecuted, and hiding. The song has a historical feel to it, and my first thought was that it referenced ethnic and religious persecutions during WWII from the point of view of a young person. No details tie to song to any time period or specific situation, though. It is just a song about the persecuted. Listen to it at YouTube here.

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Translation:

¿De qué andamos huyendo
Si no hemos hecho nada?
Amigos desaparecidos,
¿Dónde están para ayudarnos?


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