In Search of Rock and Roll Thrills in Mexico: Part 14
Finally it is time to end this much interrupted series about Mexico. It you want to see all the entries click on the tab ‘History of Rock in Mexico’.
Yes, I know this isn’t a rock song, but I can’t resist finishing with another Mariachi track. Written by Lorenzo Barcelata, this is one of the most famous songs to come out of Mexico. Another version was included on the discs sent out into space aboard the Voyager spacecraft.
A cascabel is a kind of little bell, a bit like a jingle bell, but this doesn’t seem to be a Christmas song. It is also a species of rattlesnake, so maybe you can imitate the sound of a rattlesnake with the bell. There is also another interpretation of what this song means, but I’ll leave that to your imagination…
EL CASCABEL Yo tenía mi cascabel con una cinta morada Y como era de oropel se lo di a mi prenda amada Pa' que jugara con él allá por la madrugada Anoche por la ventana platicando con Leonor Me pidió que le cantara el cascabel por menor y que no me dilatara me lo pedia de favor Ay, como rezumba y suena rezumba y va rezumbando mi cascabel en la arena
THE LITTLE BELL I had my little bell with a purple ribbon And since it glittered I gave it to my beloved darling So she should could play with it some time in the early morning Last night by the window talking to Eleanor She asked me to sing to her the little bell in a minor key and that I did not delay she asked me as a favour Oh, how it buzzes and rings It rings and resonates My little bell in the sand