Lyrics

1. COPAL SMOKE / HUMITO DE COPAL
Lyrics & music by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI

I’m so disillusioned
I don’t believe you anymore
You promised to tell me the truth
Little copal smoke
Little smoke I want the truth
The hours are passing
And I can’t breathe
Can’t sleep ‘cause of you
It seems like you are a ghost
Little copal smoke
Little smoke I want the truth
Your words carry words on wings
Wind messages that move mountains
I am the person who disappeared,
I am the woman who fought for her life
I am the student who is changing the rules
I am the one who demonstrates
I am chatina, I am mazateca
I am nature’s witness
I speak the word that the earth cries
Words that unchain me
I am nature’s witness
I speak the word that the earth cries
Words that unchain me

2. BLACK HAND / MANO NEGRA
Lyrics & music by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI

Templo mayor, bones and drawings
I’m combing the city
Wandering the markets
Red and black flags cover the banners
Shoes that are dragging from time forever gone
Inside the earth, from the very deep,
A black hand appears from the other side
The ritual of dismemberment of the human body
This is the show for the city
I love you, Mexico, Mexico, Mexico
And from the view of the dormant volcano
He sleeps with his lover, the volcano Iztacihuatl
There are thousands arriving in the valley
to see the mirror of water
And then I’m thinking of the goodness in your hands
And the light in the sky that guides me
And takes me far from mundane things
To a lost tribe
AK47s and bazookas
Pow pow power to dream
Pow pow power to dream
3. BULLETS & CHOCOLATE / BALAS Y CHOCOLATE
Lyrics & music by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI
(To the children who migrate crossing borders, on the Latin American cacao route)

50 cups of chocolate for Moctezuma
On the banks of the Orinoco river
to Manatee Hill, Oxichan Tabasco
Honduras, Soconusco, Chontalpa, El Salvador, Peru, Parinao, Venezuela, Chuao
There’s bullets flying
In our world, in our world
There are those who duck the bullets, on the ground on the ground

Gimme mami Chocolate
I’m escaping to chocolate
Gimme mami chocolate
You are my chocolate
My life my sweet,
In gonna dance my luck
My sun and my moon
With you until death
My life my sweet
I love you chocolate
My sun and my moon
I love you Chocolate
The strength of this love
Is bulletproof
The strength of this love
Is bulletproof
RAP:
If a bullet don’t kill me, a highjacking, or a,
if I don’t choke on the volcano’s ashes,
From diabetes, cirrhosis
Neurosis psychosis necrosis or from an overdose
If alcoholism doesn’t get me
Or egotism, stupidity, or partisanship
an earthquake or boredom from the soap opera
I’ll take off and toast my cocoa beans
There are dreams that are born in the pueblos and for the people
There are people who live those dreams each day,
each day I’m going to change my life
if you stay with me forever
I’m going to change my life
if you stay with me forever

4. A WOODEN CROSS / UNA CRUZ DE MADERA
By Luis Méndez Almengor MUS ED SUN / SACM

A simple wood cross
Of the cheapest wood
That’s all I want when I die,
I do not want luxuries, a fancy table
or a coffin worth millions
All I want is you to sing songs
And a big party for the death of a poor one

I do not want tears or anyone feeling sorry for me
I do not want sadness,
I do not want anything
The only thing I want at my wake
is a serenade as the sun is rising
When my body is next to my grave
The only thing I ask as a goodbye
Is some holy water and of course tequila
on the four corners of my tomb

I do not want tears or anyone feeling sorry for me
I do not want sadness,
I do not want anything
The only thing I want at my wake
is a serenade as the sun is rising

5. THE CHEATER / LA FARSANTE
By Juan Gabriel
Editora: Alma Musical / SACM

I thought you were good
I thought you were sincere
I gave you my tenderness,
I trusted you,
and you turned out a traitor

You made me rebel
You made me your enemy
You betrayed my trust and betrayed me
Without reason and without cause

You won’t see my pride
Which lies on the ground like trash
I swear to god that
You won’t make fun of me

I swear on everything that happened
You’ll regret this evil you’ve done to me
I won’t stop until you’re at my feet
And that’s a done deal

SPOKEN:
You won’t see my pride on the ground like trash
I swear to god that
You won’t make fun of me
You’ll see, traitor,
You’re gonna pay a lot for this,
I can be really good, but I can also be really bad
You didn’t want to treat me good
And now you see what happened
I didn’t want to be bad, but it’s your fault
You’re not gonna make fun of me
I’ll make you love me again just for the fun of it
You’ll learn to appreciate what real love is
Because you played around behind my back
And today I’m going to end this farce
I’ll make you kneel in front of me to ask forgiveness
And beg for my love in front of your lover
You’ll see, traitor, this is gonna cost you a lot.

6. THE BURRO / LA BURRA
By Jesús Rosas Marcano

I was coming from the Club and I found a donkey
I was coming from the Club and I found a donkey
Since he was such a stud I took him home (x2)

Donkey, get over here
Ay donkey, I can’t stand it
Shameless donkey
Ay donkey, damn donkey

The donkey told me that he had never learned to shoot (x 2)
Didn’t take a shot or have a gun because he wasn’t a soldier (x 2)
Donkey, get over here
Ay donkey, I can’t stand it

My dearest burro
Who’s gonna kick me
This donkey that I’m telling you about had all the “F”s (x2)
It was flimsy, farting, frightful, fragile, and a farce (x 2)

Donkey, get over here
Ay donkey that’s going to kick me
Donkey, shameless donkey
Ay donkey, damn donkey
When you ride my donkey watch out (x 2)
Because if you lift the tail you can see the tail light (x 2)

Donkey, get over here
Ay donkey that’s going to kick me
Donkey, donkey without shame
Ay donkey, damn donkey
Ay donkey, that will kill you

I bought him a hat, glasses and brown underwear (x 2)
And I found him in the river kissing Cachon (x 2)
Donkey, get over here
I can’t take it anymore
Donkey, donkey without shame
Ay donkey, damn donkey

Now the donkey is really tired and this is gonna end (x 2)
He’s been hit with a stick so many times he’s going to retire (x 2)
Donkey, get over here
Shameless donkey
Ay donkey, damn donkey
He will kill you
This donkey brings a couple of kicks
Donkey of my life
Donkey, my love
The Donkey is leaving, he is gonna go
The Donkey is leaving, he is gonna go
7. WHEN YOU TOUCH ME / CUANDO ME TOCAS TU
Lyrics & music by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI

I’m as free as the sea
When you touch me
A lightning storm
When you touch me

When you are close to me
I lose myself in you
I find my destiny
I am a fleeting light on this path
When you touch me

I am free from fear
When you touch me
As the evening sky
When you touch me

When you touch me here
I can tell you
That I have you here with me
And I’ll never be the same
When you touch me
In my solitude
I see a growing light
And each moment rises
In my solitude
your voice leads me
And I can fly anywhere

When you are close to me
I lose myself in you
and I find my destiny
I am a fleeting light on this path
When you touch me

In my solitude
I see a growing light
And each moment rises
In my solitude
your voice leads me
And I can fly anywhere

I am free from fear
When you touch me
As the evening sky
When you touch me

When you touch me here
I can tell you
That I have you here with me
And I’ll never be the same
When you touch me

8. MY HOME COUNTRY / PATRIA MADRINA
Lyrics & music by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI

Woke up today with my eyes stuck together
Saw hell, saw the news
Graves, the dead, destruction of Mother Nature
Ambition, power, and I got depressed

Everybody wants a piece of the oil business
And to burn Mother Earth urgently
To make more cars to spend more money
As if you could buy yourself happiness

Everything’s better now…. Everything’s better now…

You are the country of all my dreams
He who disrespects, I will cut his heart in two
However you play it , I’ll dance the tune

That’s how sharp my machete is, everybody knows
The devil knows where to show up
Now that we’ve all drunk from the same jug
Don’t give up, this is the last straw.

What are the ideals of Latin Americans?
My brothers and sisters
The dream of Simon Bolivar, Jose Marti, Vicente Guerrero

Today I woke up and my sight was clear
Today I planted a seed of corn in an old tire in my barrio
Even though everything falls to pieces around us
I see you like a cannon in the center

This kind of medicine, you take by the spoonful
Poisonous words that are not usually spoken
And you swallow with chile, beer, Mezcal and Tequila
When I move my body with the beauty of your poetry

And it’s all better now… And it’s all better now…

“they were taken alive, and we want them back alive”
“We are proud Latin Americans and our country is first”

9. THE WOODEN HOUSES / LAS CASAS DE MADERA
By Cirino Paniagua García
Universal Music Publishing MGB MEXICO SA DE CV / SACM

The wind is blowing and it’s cold outside
The wooden houses are squeaking
Dried leaves blanket the paths
And black clouds follow me

The wind blows and nothing comforts me
Without you my life is over and you don’t even notice,
My soul is filled with doubt, and I’d like you to see me
I walk with sadness, sadness overwhelming

The wooden houses
seem to crumble
Like me, they complain since you left me

The wooden houses
They split open in the wind
And if you do not return
One day they will bury me

SPOKEN:
the wooden house was like this, in the crack of the wood
the wind sang a melody
it just took away the cement
now all we have are condominiums of cement just bricks and cinderblocks

The wind blows and nothing comforts me
Without you my life is over and you don’t even notice,
My soul is filled with doubt, and I’d like you to see me
I walk with sadness, sadness overwhelming

The wooden houses
Seem to crumble
Just like me they lament
Since you left

The wooden houses
Seem to crumble in the wind
Jus like me they lament
Since you left
10. THE PROMISE / LA PROMESA
Music & Lyrics by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI

It seems like winter
But the sun is burning The wind is grey
It’s an evil cold
How could you Change my life?
You promised
You would love me

The sky is ochre
And on the mountain
I’m kissed by the sun
As it sets
How could you
Take everything from me?
You promised you would love me

I am looking
And there’s no answer
On the mountain
I hear your voice
I call your name
But you don’t answer
I only hear the echoes
Of my own crying voice

11. SONG OF THE SKELETONS / SON DE DIFUNTOS
Music & Lyrics by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI
The Grim reaper sat
Puffing on his tobacco
Discussing with the Saints
Who would be taking their last drink
Discussing with the Saints
Who would be taking their last drink

Yellow flowers and alter smoke
Going down the road
I’ll take your saintly daughter
If you do not put wine on my altar
I’ll take your saintly daughter
If you do not put wine on my altar

This dead one yes, this dead one no,
The dead one has been chosen
The politician and the scorpion
Will be buried for corruption

This dead one yes, this dead one no,
The dead one has been chosen
The teacher and the spider
Will be buried for negligence

Candle candle candle
Your veil is a mystery
Give me the candle
So my departed can come and enjoy

Candle candle candle
Your veil is a mystery
Give candle
So my departed can come and enjoy

“La pelona” (death) turned on the TV
To watch her telenovela
The “tlatoani” (political leader) with his buddies
Made fun of the nation
The “tlatoani” (political leader) with his buddies
Made fun of the nation

Tamales and chocolate
Why ask for sweet and sour
On that road of flowers
The offering is waiting
On that road of flowers
The altar is waiting

This dead one yes, this dead one no,
The dead one has been chosen
The politician and the scorpion
Will be buried for corruption

This dead one yes, this dead one no,
The dead one has been chosen
The teacher and the spider
Will be buried for negligence
12. SWEET POISON / DULCE VENENO
Music & Lyrics by Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI

There are hidden truths
That hide in the seams
The edges frayed with the lies
Of society and all that it covers up
What is truth what are lies

What do your eyes have when I look for love
There is something deep in your look that I don’t believe
They teach you as a child to look for
a handsome guy from a soap opera
And you end up with a guy who only
Loves himself and doesn’t respect you

You are the source of the fluid
that flows through my body
I am a desert without your hands
You’re a cartridge from a rifle
And you can rest in my hands

I need your fleeting song to live
Sweet Poison

There are hidden truths
that hide in one’s hair
As if blonde hair changes your DNA
Everything is easy, everyone wants you
But will your night will be a truth or will it be a lie?

What do the videos have
That the whole time are putting titties
on everything you see
There are more videos with shaking butts
Than things that motivate
Or that are uplifting and guide you

You are the source of the fluid
that flows through my body
I am a desert without your hands
You’re a cartridge from a rifle
And you can rest in my hands

I need your fleeting song to live
Sweet Poison

13. DEATH COMES ALONG AS THE GREAT EQUALIZER /
VIENE LA MUERTE ECHANDO RASERO
Poem: Asención Aguilar
Music: Lila Downs, Paul Cohen
Cloud People Music / Burnt Puppy Music / BMI

Death comes along as the great equalizer
takes the young, the old ones too,
death comes along evenly
Not one passenger escapes

The one praying doesn’t escape
Nor the drunk nor the liquor seller
Nor the assassin for being a killer
We all need to go to the cemetery

Death comes along as the great equalizer
takes the young, the old ones too,
Death comes along evenly
Not one passenger escapes

Bishops die, prophets die
Priests and those who confess die
Doctors can’t cure them
Injections can no longer cure them
Singers die, poets die
The rich and the day laborer dies
And takes the leatherworker too
And the carpenter is at an advantage
Because he makes his own coffin

Death comes along as the great equalizer(X3)
takes the young, the old ones too,
Death comes along evenly
Not one passenger escapes

Death has been so murderous
The poor laborer needs to pay him back
Married people die, singles people die
Rich Christians die
Before he comes one better drink beer

We go marching towards the tomb
We go marching without delay
The coffin is nailed shut
And four people are carrying us

Death comes along as the great equalizer (X3)
takes the young, the old ones too,
Death comes along evenly
Not one passenger escapes