Say Ay Ya Yai

When Mexican and Spanish words flooded into the English language people realized something was going wrong or things were not working out they would say ay ya yai.

A song titled Cielito Lindo became a popular Mexican song in 1882. It had a lovely tune and the words ay ay ay became a wonderful chorus. The song was written by Quirino Mendoza y Cortex and was so well known and loved that a bust erected to his memory includes some of the words of the song.

Cielito Lindo became popular with mariachi bands and many artists have recorded it in both English and Spanish. The song tells the story of the Sierra Morena, a mountain range in Spain. It also became the unofficial anthem of Mexico.


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