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Jalisco

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Jalisco

Opening with a trumpet statement of the opening phrase of the song, "Ay Jalisco, no te rajes," and its implied lyric, "Jalisco, Jalisco, Jalisco," the arrangement of this fast-paced canción ranchera announces the Jalisco theme of the medley. Blowing air across the violin F-holes, and other steam-engine train effects by the vihuela and guitarrón players, set the stage for the opening section of classic son jalisciense 'Jalisco son' "El Tren" (The Train). In the contrasting minor-key huapango-rhythm of "Virgencita de Zapopan" ('Little Virgin of Zapopan'), the singer prays to the Virgin Mary, patroness of Guadalajara's neighbor municipality, Zapopan, as he leaves town to distance himself from a betrayed love. "Tlaquepaque" refers to another nearby popular locale, and the favorite "Ay, Jalisco, no te rajes" ('Oh, Jalisco, Don't Give In') sings of pride in Guadalajara's beauty, listening to mariachi music, and drinking tequila. The Pepe Guízar son composition "Guadalajara" features the Camperos' trademark block-chord ending.