La Golondrina – Texas Style!

La Golondrina (“The Swallow”) is one of the most well-known and beloved Mexican folk songs of all time. It was composed in 1862 by Narcisco Serradell (1843-1910), a Mexican physician and composer. After the French intervention in Mexico in 1861, Serradell was captured and exiled to France. Before his deportation, he composed his most famous work, La Golondrina (“The Swallow”), which became the signature song of Mexican exiles.

The original Spanish lyrics tell the story of a lonely swallow looking for a place to build its nest, evoking longing for the homeland by exiled Mexicans. The song was first recorded in 1906. Covers of the song have been performed by Nat King Cole, Placido Domingo, Flaco Jimenez, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.

With support from Gerardo Calera, leader of the well-known Rio Grande Valley band Tres en Punto, I arranged and recorded a version of La Golondrina in a Texas Two-Step style. Gerardo joined me in singing the Spanish lyrics. I composed additional English lyrics appropriate to our time to complement the Spanish. The English lyrics recognize the fact that immigrants to the United States love this country. It’s a strong, positive message about America. This was a very moving project, and I want to thank Gerardo for his ongoing friendship and support.

Our upbeat version of La Golondrina (The Swallow) is slated for release as a digital single December 20, 2019 on Itunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, and all other digital platforms. I’ll issue an update on or about the 20th to confirm the availability of the music to download.

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