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Delgadina se paseaba de la sabada [sala a a la] cocina,
Con vestido transparente y su cuerpo ilumina.

Levántate Delgadina, pon te vestida de seda,
Porque vamos para misa a la ciudad de Morelia.

Cuando salieron de misa, su papá le platicaba,

Delgadina, hija mia, yo te quiero para dama.

No la quiero [lo quiere] Dios del cielo, ni la virgen soberana,
Eso piensa, para Dios, y perdición de mi alma.

Júntense los once criados, encierren le a Delgadina,
Remachen bien los candados, por no escap[e] [v]os ladina.

Papacito de mi vida, un favor te [estoy] pidiendo,
Que me des un vaso de agua, que de sed me estoy muriendo.

Júntense los once criados, Delgadina hallan muerta,
Con sus ojitos cerrados y su boquita abierta.

La cama de Delgadina, de ángeles se rodeaba,
La cama de[l] rei su padre, de demonios [se] apretaba.

Delgadina was strolling from the [living room, hall] to the kitchen,
With a transparent dress, and it illuminates her body.

Get up, Delgadina, put on a silken dress,
Because we're going to mass to the city of Morelia.

When they left the mass, her papa was talking to her,
“Delgadina, my daughter, I want you for [as] a lady.”

“I don't want her, God in heaven [God in heaven doesn't want it], nor the sovereign Virgin,
Think of that, for [the love of] God, and the ruin of my soul.”

Let the eleven servants be gathered, let them lock up Delgadina,
Let them rivet well the locks, so no sneaky word might escape [so she might hear no outside word.]

“Papa of my life, I'm asking you a favor,
That you give me a glass of water, since I'm dying of thirst.”

Let the eleven servants be gathered, they find Delgadina dead,
With her little eyes closed and her mouth open.

Delgadina's bed was surrounded by angels,
The bed of the king, her father, was squeezed by demons.


from Survey of Traditional Music, Vol. 3: Songs of Melancholy and Sorrow, released August 7, 2023
Recorded by Mark Wilson, Mountain View, AR, 12/96. Previously unissued.


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