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did you know? ...this track goes together with Nothing Can Change This Love. The previous track actually transitions into this one, so make sure to hear them both together at least once. María Chuchena is a traditional "son jarocho" from Veracruz, but we re-wrote the lyrics to narrate the story of an immigrant girl living in the States; we then fused it with Sam Cooke's tune.

Esta canción forma parte de un arreglo musical más amplio, que incluye el track anterior "Nothing Can Change This Love".

María Chuchena es una de las miles de chavas que viven "de este lado" sin papeles. Nuestra versión habla de una muchacha que viene "perfumada de claveles" pero que cruzó nadando, arriesgándolo todo y dejándolo todo atrás. Con la reciente crisis económica, conseguir trabajo sin papeles se ha puesto cada vez más difícil. Para nosotros, es muy importante cantar acerca de lo que significa ser mexicano en este país. ¡Esperamos que les guste este son jarocho inmigratorio!

lyrics

...scroll down for English lyrics, or just crank the speakers up to eleven, take off your shoes and dance!

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~ ~ MARIA CHUCHENA ~ ~

Estaba María Chuchena ♪
Trabajando sin papeles ♬
Trabajando sin papeles ♫
Estaba María Chuchena ♩

Perfumada de claveles ♪
En las noches de verbena ♩
Trabajando sin papeles ♬
Estaba María Chuchena ♫

María Chuchena por ser tan hermosa ♫
Al amanecer te corto una rosa ♬
María Chuchena se cruzó nadando ♪
Ya cuando llegó la estaban esperando ♩
Y le decían, María María ♬
Dejaste tu casa dejaste la mía ♫
Dejaste tu casa dejaste vacía ♬
¿Buscando un futuro lleno de alegría? ♪

No he perdido la esperanza ♫
De algún día volver a verte ♬
De algún día volver a verte ♩
No he perdido la esperanza ♪

Con acordes de jaranas ♪
Y en un trovo detenerte ♬
No he perdido la esperanza ♫
De algún día volver a verte ♩

María Chuchena por ser tan hermosa ♪
Al amanecer te corto una rosa ♬
María Chuchena se cruzó nadando ♫
Ya cuando llegó la estaban esperando ♪
Y le decían, María María ♬
Dejaste tu casa dejaste la mía ♫
Dejaste tu casa dejaste vacía ♩
¿Buscando un futuro lleno de alegría? ♫

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ENGLISH

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~ ~ MARIA CHUCHENA ~ ~

There is this girl, María Chuchena ♪
And she’s working here. Illegally. ♩

Carnations, that’s what she smells like ♫
When she walks into the party ♬
But she’s working here illegally ♩
And her name is María Chuchena. ♪

María Chuchena, you are so beautiful ♫
I'll cut a rose for you at dawn! ♪

María Chuchena swam across the border ♬
And when she got here ♪
they helped her ashore ♩
And they would all shout: María María! ♫
You left home behind ♬
You left me behind ♫
You left all behind ♩
And now there’s just emptiness in your heart ♪

But when you came here ♬
You were looking for something ♪
A happier future? ♩
A brighter future? ♪

I haven’t lost hope ♬
To see you once again one day ♩

With the chords of my guitar ♪
and my verses, I will capture you one day ♬
because I haven’t lost hope ♫
To see you once again ♩

María Chuchena swam across the border ♪
And when she got here ♬
they helped her ashore ♩
And they would all shout: María María! ♫
You left home behind ♪
You left me behind ♩
You left all behind ♬
And now there’s just emptiness in your heart ♪

But when you came here ♪
You were looking for something ♩
A happier future? ♪
A brighter future...

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credits

from Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, released October 1, 2012
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Written by: The Villalobos Brothers

Musicians: Ernesto Villalobos, Alberto Villalobos, Luis Villalobos, Beto Flores, Ramon Ponce, Miguel Ponce, Rosa Avila, Yuriana Sobrino.

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by: Brendan Muldowney at the Carriage House Studios.

© 2012 Villalobos Brothers.
All rights reserved.

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Villalobos Brothers New York, New York

Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico, with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the three Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awakens the senses as it redefines the notions behind Latin music. ... more

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