A lot of people in the US speak both English and Spanish, so it’s not surprising that some songs mix up both languages. This song by Beck from 2005 includes lots of Mexican slang. Güero literally means blonde (or blondie) but apparently Mexicans use it to refer to white people.
‘¿Qué onda?’ means ‘what’s up?’ or ‘what’s happening?’ – in Spain ‘¿qué pasa?’ is more typical.
|QUÉ ONDA GÜERO [WHAT’S UP WHITE BOY]
See the vegetable man in the vegetable van
Rampart boys with loaded rifles [rifles]
¿Qué onda güero?
Riff: C7 – C#7
Chorus: C# – G# – B – F#
I’ve used the correct Spanish spelling of güero above i.e. with a diaeresis (two dots) above the u. However, Beck doesn’t include them on his album of the same name!
In Spanish when the letter g (/g/ sound) is followed by an e or an i you insert a u after the g, but this is not pronounced e.g. guerra, guitarra. On the rare occasions when you want to pronounce the u, you put a diaeresis above it e.g. pingüino, cigüeña