Yo Soy un Pobre Vaquero

Dos vaqueros. Probably not so poor.

I learned this song from a Folkways album, "Traditional Songs of Mexico." I have not been able to find out more about it but it sounds very old and traditional. The lyrics are too strange to be anything but a folksong.

The ukulele is obviously not a traditional Mexican instrument but I hope it sounds vaguely like a vihuela -- well, enough to do.

Lyrics: 

Yo soy un pobre vaquero
Que no tiene ni alpargatas;
Pero me las voy a hacer
Con "pellejo 'e garrapatas"

Yo soy un pobre vaquero
Que no tiene ni alpargatas;
Pero me las voy a hacer
Con "pellejo 'e garrapatas", tan, tan

Que cantaba la rana, tan, tan
Que debajo del agua, tan, tan
Que cantaba la rana, tan, tan
Que debajo del agua.

Vaquerito, vaquerito
Pide mies al mayoral,
Que el Ganado se te pierde
Que el Ganado se te vá . . .

Cada vez que te veo venir
Le digo a me Corazón
Que bonita "piedrecita"
Para darme un tropezón . . .
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English (more or less)

I am a poor cowhand, who has not even a cheap pair of shoes
But I'll have to make do with bare feet and bugs

So sang the frog, tan tan, underneath the water, tan tan.

Hey cowboy, ask the boss for some feed
Or you will lose the cattle and they'll run away.

Every time I see you coming, I say to my heart
"Here comes those pretty feet to give you a kick in the pants."

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