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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