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Gene Autry

South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)

  • Country
  • Space
  • Musical
  • Pop
  • Vocal
song from
  • 1939
  • 1940
  • 1933
  • 1944
  • 1930

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“South of the Border” is a popular song describing a trip to Mexico, written by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr and published in 1939 for the film of the same name starring country star Gene Autry. In the lyrics, a man looks back with regret and pain for having lied to the woman he can’t forget (“...and now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray...“) and returned for too late, just as she was preparing for marriage. The lyric is in juxtaposition with the music, which swings with syncopated joy. The song was a hit in 1939 for Shep Fields, vocal by Hal Derwin. It has been recorded by many artists, but the best-known versions are by Autry and Frank Sinatra (1953). The song was recorded in August 1961 by Patsy Cline for her album Patsy Cline Showcase and appears on Herb Alpert’s... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ South of the border, down Mexico way ... South Of The Border ... Ay ay ay ay, ay ay ay ay

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