It was while I was playing my guitar with my brother
In the local cantina that I allowed myself to see her
Step inside and begin dancing her little salsa dance.
And at that moment, I had fallen into a deep trance
Because her beauty was indeed unlike any other.
But that was before I noticed that she was smiling
At both me and my brother while we were still playing
For the other senors and senoritas within the cantina.
That was when I let myself look at the beautiful senorita
And make an attempt with all of my heart in asking
Her to be my beautiful bride, only to be interrupted by
An old woman who walked over to me, grabbed my
Arm and said, "No, Manuel! It must be the older
Brother who shall take the bride! Let Jose have her
Hand in marriage and do not even dare try
To destroy their happiness! It must be done!"
That was when I realized that he is the older son
Of our family and my mother is right in interrupting
My foolish and yet heart-filled attempt in stealing
Her away from the one who was known as the Don
Juan of our entire village because of the many women
He had lured into his bed for pleasure and sin.
However, the spoils of a happy marriage had slipped away
From his grasp as well on that one terrible day
And it was because a horde of banditos had barged in
And fired their guns at everyone who was stupid enough
To stand and act like they were the ones who were tough
Enough to stand up to those savage animals with the guns.
But when they shot poor Jose dead, I picked up a shotgun
And fired at those cockroaches until I had done enough
Killing in the name of the one man who was supposed to take
Selena's hand in marriage and allow themselves to make
A wonderful life for themselves in a beautiful hacienda with so many
Wonderful children instead of not having been given any
Chance of defending himself against those who had dared take
The life of my own older brother away from him with one single shot
Of a gun inside a local cantina and on a day that was so hot
That even the buzzards had let themselves land and take a drink
From a watering trough before feeding on the bodies that stink
Of death as a result of men drawing their guns and getting shot.