August 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM
Fox in a Forest
Todd Eric Lovato is a Santa Fe native, the editor of SantaFe.com and an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome.
It's late August in Santa Fe, which means it's time to start making preparations for Fiesta de Santa Fe (Santa Fe Fiestas, in English). For me, this means dry cleaning the Thunderbird volcano margarita (RIP) stains from my ribbon shirt, rehearsing my most noble grito and trying to remember the lyrics to the Santa Fe Fiestas song.
Sound journalistic principle dictates that this sentence should start describing the history of the song: who wrote it (Johnny Valdez, Jr.) and composed it (Billy Palau), when (1920s) and why (because fiestas). But I have a Todd and the Fox performance for ZozoFest this Saturday, and a rehearsal tonight, so I'm going to get right to the music.
Below are the lyrics. Commit them to memory. Practice by regaling your co-workers with song at random times throughout your work day. I play this on my banjo, which means it's easiest to play in the key of G, so I've included these basic chords, but also try it on a keytar.
With this arrow in your party-bro quiver, no street, saloon or after-party between the dates of Aug. 29 to Sept. 7 need be without a cacophony of singing and yelling. You're welcome.
Santa Fe, tus fiestas de septiembre
Se celebran en la capital
Con Zozobra quemando las penas
Ya la fiesta va a comenzar
Tus mujeres llenas de alegría
Pregonando van su nuevo amor
A luz de grandes luminarias
Van cantando con placer esta canción
Sí Señor, cómo no, vamonos al vacilón
A bailar y gozar de esta linda población