El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez

Anonymous, c. 1910

1. En el condado del Carmen
miren lo que ha sucedido,
Murió el Cherife mayor
quedando Román herido.

2. Otro día por la mañana
cuando la gente llegó.
Unos a los otros dicen
no saben quien lo mató.

3. Se anduvieron informando
como tres horas después,
Supieron que el malhechor
era Gregorio Cortez.

4. Insortaron a Cortez
por toditito el estado
Vivo o muerto que se aprehenda
porque a varios ha matado.

5. Decía Gregorio Cortez
con su pistola en la mano,
--No siento haberlo matado
al que siento es a mi hermano.--

6. Decía Gregorio Cortez
con su alma muy encendida,
–No siento haberlo matado
la defensa es permitida.–

7. Venían los americanos
que por el viento volaban,
porque se iban a ganar
tres mil pesos que les daban.

8. Siguió con rumbo a Gonzáles,
varios sherifes lo vieron,
no lo quisieron seguir
porque le tuvieron miedo.

9. Venían los perros jaunes
venían sobre la huella
Pero alcanzar a Cortez
era alcanzar a una estrella.

10. Decía Gregorio Cortez
–Pa' qué se valen de planes,
si no pueden agarrarme
ni con esos perros jaunes.–

1. In the county of El Carmen
Look at what has happened;
The High Sheriff died
Leaving Roman wounded.

2. The following morning
When people arrived,
They were saying to each other:
"They don't know who killed him."

3. They went around asking questions
And about three hours later
They found out that the wrongdoer
Was Gregorio Cortez

4. They posted a reward for Cortez
Throughout the whole state:
"Capture him dead or alive
Because he has killed several men."

5. Gregorio Cortez was saying
With his pistol in his hand:
"I don't regret having killed him,
The one I'm sorry about is my brother."

6. Gregorio Cortez was saying
With his soul ablaze:
"I don't regret having killed him,
Self-defense is permitted."

7. The Americans were saying:
"If we see him what will we do?
If we face him head on,
Very few of us will return alive."

8. Gregorio tells Juan:
"Very soon you will see it,
Go, tell the sheriffs
To come and arrest me."

9. When the sheriffs arrived,
Gregorio presented himself:
"You take me because I'm willing,
But not by any other way."

10. Now they've captured Cortez,
Now the matter has come to an end:
His poor, unfortunate family,
He carries in his heart.