To Hugo Sanchez, and Cuatemoc Blanco
Pejelagarto, Hijo del Santo
El sub-comandante, Lila Downs too
Adios for now – goodbye for the moment
Adios for now – nos vemos later
Adios for now – and let’s make it pronto

And Tepozteco, Coyoacan
Beautiful Huatulco, Tequisquiapan
San Jeronimo, little tlalpan too
Adios for now – goodbye for the moment
Adios for now – nos vemos later
Adios for now – and please lets make it pronto.

Barbacoa, Chile relleno,
Sopa Azteca, beautiful Negra Modelo
Imposible, Bacalao
Adios for now – goodbye for the moment
Adios for now – te como later
Adios for now – and let’s make it pronto

Frida Kahlo, Chava Flores
Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete
There is Cantinflas yTintan
Adios for now – goodbye for the moment
Adios for now – nos vemos later
Adios for now – and let’s make it pronto

Xochimilco, Canal de Chalco,
Centro Historico, Los Dinamos
Tlanepantla, Lindavista too
Adios for now – goodbye for the moment
Adios for now – nos vemos later
Adios for now – let us make it pronto

TV Azteca, Televisa
En otras palabras el monopolio
El IMSS,ISSTE
PresiCente too
Adios for now – goodbye for the moment
Adios for now – nos vemos later
Adios for now – and let’s make, let’s make, let’s make it pronto.

Song Description

I’m planning to move back to the UK in the summer and this is simply a good-bye to things Mexican. Some are people/places/things I really love (Lila Downs, Huatulco, Negra Modelo beer) others are there because the European listener may recognise them(Hugo Sanchez, Frida Kahlo), others because they sound so good (Tequisquiapan).

The song started with the rhythm suggested by Ricardo and then I had this idea for the lyric and a tune. But the process was completely different to any other song I’ve ever been involved with. We simply decided on this repetitive formula: vocal verse to be followed by instrumental solo, then that instrument stays in under the next vocal verse, then a new instrument plays a solo, staying in for the next vocal verse etc., etc. So gradually the whole thing builds up. In other words it’s a song that depends completely on the arrangement and the solos and if it was played just voice and guitar, would very quickly get boring. Up until the last couple of weeks of recording, I had no idea if it would work, nor exactly what solos we would use and if they would turn out OK. Now, I have to say, it’s my favourite piece on the album.

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