Sunday, March 7, 2021

Your Playlist: Los Tigres del Norte

It's Sunday night, a good time for a song that's not new, but perhaps new to you.

Check out "La Jaula de Oro" by Los Tigres del Norte. It tells the story of an immigrant from Mexico, who has been living in the U.S., undocumented, for 10 years. He misses Mexico, but cannot return. When he talks about this with his son, his son responds in English, that he doesn't want to go back. The saddest lines are about his kids:

Piensan como americanos,
Niegan que son Mexicanos,
Auque tengan mi color,

The U.S., he concludes, is a cage made of gold (La Jaula de Oro). He is a prisoner who earns money but doesn't venture out on the streets because he's afraid of deportation.


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