In Search of Rock and Roll Thrills in Mexico: Part 13
Remember ¡Chicas!, the compilation of Spanish female singers which included the wonderful Los Que Vivimos? Volume two has recently been released, expanding the brief to include singers from outside Spain, and this is one of the highlights. Released in 1973, it combines a funky groove with striking anti-censorship lyrics.
Sola was a Mexican singer who released the “Un Muñeco de Madera” LP, but sadly there isn’t much information about her on the internet. However, this track was written by the Spaniard Manuel Alejandro, a songwriter who has worked with many artists, including Raphael and Jeanette, enjoying his biggest success with ballads.
TABÚ, TABÚ ESTRIBILLO: Tabú, tabú, tabú, tabú... Si quieres una vida larga, una vida larga, una vida larga... Si quieres una vida larga aunque sea falsa, aunque sea fea. No hables de las cosas que pasan en la tierra y olvida que hay miserias. No tires de la manta, no hagas problemas y agacha la cabeza... ESTRIBILLO Olvídate del sexo y piensa que los niños los traen las cigüeñas. No hables del gobierno y piensa que esos hombres son ángeles de fresa... ESTRIBILLO No odies de la biblia no arañes las estrellas no mudes de la iglesia. Olvídate de Mao, olvídate de Castro y leéte la prensa... Tabú, tabú, tabú, tabú...
TABOO, TABOO CHORUS: Taboo, taboo, taboo, taboo... If you want a long life A long life, a long life If you want a long life Even if it's false, even if it's ugly Don’t talk about things that happen on earth, forget that there is misery Don't let the cat out of the bag, don't make trouble and keep your head down CHORUS Forget about sex and believe that children are brought by the storks, Don’t talk about the government and believe that those guys are strawberry angels… CHORUS Don't hate the bible Don't reach for the stars Don’t move away from the Church Forget about Mao Forget about Castro and read the press… Taboo, taboo, taboo, taboo...