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El San Lorenzo (Song to Saint Lawrence) is a traditional song from the Huasteca region in Mexico. Alberto spent some time living there, playing with the elders, transcribing and recording the music. When he came back, he wrote this awesome arrangement for three violins!

El San Lorenzo es un son huasteco tradicional. Alberto ha colaborado con grandes músicos huastecos y al regresar de uno de sus viajes al norte de Veracruz, escribió este arreglo para tres violines con versos inéditos.

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

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EL SAN LORENZO

¿Quién soy yo para cantarte ♪
Si tú ya tienes un coro ♬
Si tú ya tienes un coro ♩
Quién soy yo para cantarte? ♫

Siento mucho molestarte ♬
Si es mi culpa yo lo ignoro ♪
Sólo quería recordarte ♫
Lo mucho que yo te adoro ♩

Si me vas a despreciar ♫
No me digas la razón ♬
No me digas la razón ♩
Si me vas a despreciar ♪

Yo no pienso renunciar ♬
Venceré tu cerrazón ♪
Pues nada has de remediar ♩
Rompiéndome el corazón ♫

¡Ora sí al puro estilo huasteco veracruzano!

¿Quién soy yo para cantarte ♬
Si tú ya tienes un coro ♫
Si tú ya tienes un coro ♩
Quién soy yo para cantarte? ♪

Una flor sobre tu oreja ♪
Y un cairel sobre tu frente ♬
Y un cairel sobre tu frente ♩
Una flor sobre tu oreja ♫

El orgullo me aconseja ♪
Que te aparte de mi mente ♬
¡Pero aquí la moraleja ♩
Es que el corazón nunca miente! ♫

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ENGLISH:

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~ ~ SONG TO SAINT LAWRENCE ~ ~

Who am I to sing your praises ♬
If you already have a choir ♪
If you already have a choir ♩
Who am I to sing your praises? ♫

I'm really sorry to bother you ♪
I didn't mean to disturb you ♬
I just wanted to remind you ♩
How much I truly adore you ♫

If you won’t accept my love ♫
Please don't tell me the reason ♬
Please don't tell me the reason ♩
If you won’t accept my love ♪

Just know that I won’t give up ♫
I will find a way around ♬
and you won’t fix a thing ♩
breaking my heart ♪

Now show me how to fiddle in the north of Veracruz!

Who am I to sing your praises ♪
If you already have a choir ♬
If you already have a choir ♩
Who am I to sing your praises? ♫

A flower rests on your ear ♫
And a lock adorns your forehead ♬
And a lock adorns your forehead ♩
A flower rests on your ear ♪

My pride tells me ♩
To forget about your glory ♪
But the moral of the story ♬
Is that the heart never lies! ♫

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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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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