Corridos

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The Railway Woman | View the lyrics in English & Spanish

The corrido is a wildly popular, 150-year old Mexican ballad tradition which usually narrates tragic tales based on true events, often about oppression and peasant life, though there are also corridos about love and women. Its most common form consists of a salutation from the singer and prologue to the story, the story itself, and a moral and farewell from the singer.

In the beginning, the corrido was performed as a simple tune in waltz time accompanied by guitar; it now often features a polka rhythm. There’s been something of a rebirth of corridos in the 21st century, with new songs focusing on such topics as drug trafficking, immigration and migrant labor. 

Listen to this narcocorrido: