"Andalucia" as written by and Eric Emil Bachmann....
Andalucia 1917
Such a splendid summer
We were sitting in the shade

But they can tell when you're afraid
I thought I heard an actress say
There's one thing that you should know
They will never let you go, go, go
They will never let you go

Antonita, my dear
Don't you cry
I have given all my ears to you
And Andalucia

Oh, Cordoba
Bring the Muiras on
We've been sitting in the sun

You can press your hands on wounded friends
Pray to Veronica
But they can tell when you're afraid
I thought I heard the doctor say
I thought I heard the doctor say
I thought I heard the doctor say

Antonita, my dear
Don't you cry
I have only one year
Until I'm home again in Andalucia
Until I'm home again with you in Andalucia

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"Andalucia" as written by Eric Emil Bachmann

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    General Commentbeautiful... Pretty sure andalucia is a town, or city someplace, but that's all i can figure out.
    Bryia_026on May 12, 2005   Link
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    General Comment""Andalucia" sheds more light on Bachmann's Spanish theme. Pitter-patter drums and a numbing guitar riff square off with wide-open choruses about a girl named Antonita and the album's most allusive lyrics. The summer of 1917 was "splendid" in Andalucia, the song asserts, presumably due to romance. This was a few years before Ernest Hemingway's arrival, and Spain was wracked with workers' strikes inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution. It's also the summer Manolete was born. The narrator, a matador himself, boldly challenges the "Miuras" -- Islero's breed of bull, and the most feared. But his prayers to Saint Veronica, who is credited with giving Jesus a kerchief to wipe his brow on the road to Golgotha, apparently go unanswered. For some reason (a wound, most likely), the young bullfighter must leave behind Antonita and his homeland for one year. "Andalucia" is a farewell love song."

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    ModestMon December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the Catholic tradition St. Veronica wiped the face of Christ as he carried the cross on Good Friday. I'm not sure what praying to her would do, but Spain is very Catholic.
    Lisa651on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song references the Spanish Flu pandemic that swept the planet in 1918. This was a form of the H1N1 virus that was particularly virulent among young, healthy people and was fatal for 10-20% of the people who contracted the illness. So when he talks about 1917, one year, the doctor, praying to St. Veronica, etc-- he hopes to see his love in one year, but it's not to be, they are separated forever. So, yeah, get your flu shots, kids! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    lilredbikeon February 20, 2015   Link

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