Señorita Cantinera – Heartbreak and the Beat

An interesting characteristic of all “roots” music like Conjunto, Blues and Traditional Country is the contrast of lyrics that describe heartbreak and despair set to upbeat music.

For example: Señorita Cantinera. Covered by countless artists including Ruben Naranjo and Roberto Pulido, it is from the point of view of a man sitting at a bar, drinking away his pain and jealousy because his woman betrayed him with someone else. Roughly translated, he says, “It’s your fault I live drunk and it’s your fault I will die drunk.”

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