"Qué Onda Guero" as written by John Robert King, Michael S. Simpson and Beck David Hansen....
See the vegetable man in the
Vegetable van with the horn that's honking
Like a mariachi band in the middle of the street
People gather around put a dollar in the can
Ay wey, qué onda? tj cowboys hang around
Sleeping on the side walk with a burger king
Crown never wake them up mas cerveza till
The rooster crows vatos vergallos

Qué onda guero?
Qué onda guero?

Mano blancos roll with crowbars sing
Rancheras on cheap guitars abuelitas with
Plastic bags walking to church with their
Spanish candles dirty boracho says "qué putas?
Andelay joto, your popsicles melting"
Run better run da doo run run in the midnight sun

Guero where you going? Qué onda guero?
Rampart boys with loaded rifles guatemalan
Soccer ball instant replays mango ladies
Vendedoras at a bus stop
Sing a banda macho chorus

Qué onda guero?

A donde

Vayas?


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"Qué Onda Guero" as written by John King Beck Hansen

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  • +2
    General CommentWell, a couple of things. Guero does not exactly mean "white boy". It is a term reserved for Mexican - actual white boys are never called gueros. A guero is a light-skinned Mexican, so if you are being called a guero in a Mexican neighborhood, it is actually inclusive, meaning that you are accepted in the neighborhood. So the character in the song (Beck?) is so familiar that, although he is not, he is accepted as a "white Mexican". This doesn't however, mean that he is liked, just that he is there.

    More importantly, que onda does NOT mean "where are you going?" it means "what is happening?" or "what is going on?"

    This is a great LA song, and makes me yearn for my years in the Echo and Boyle Heights. It's perfect.
    lebowskiachieveron July 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"dirty boracho says 'qué putas? andelay joto your popsicles melting'"

    i found this line really funny, because it's a lot dirtier than most of beck's songs. the spanish translates as "what, bi****s? hurry up, (gay), your popsicle's melting." of course the popsicle's a phallic symbol. i'm not quite sure what it's got to do with the song, but it provides a nice antithesis for the 'little grandmas' in churches. maybe it's just another facet of life in this neighborhood that beck is describing in the song?
    clamores_musarumon April 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLet's go to Captain Cork, they got the new Yanni cassette...
    raven1268on September 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment*dances* It's like an entire Mexican street festival compressed into under 4 minutes.
    theriteofspringon April 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Que Unda Guero is supposed to mean "Where are you going, white boy?"
    Snuffyon May 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard "Guero" meant "white homie." Hm...I might be wrong though. But I made a t-shirt that says "'Que Onda Guero?' - Beck" Pretty damn funny, if you ask me.
    truffleshuffle20on August 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcaptain1356 is dead on -- thanks for taking a stand on THINKING.

    and by the way, even without SPanish knowledge, people should be able to tell what que onda means by the intonation and the context of the rest of the song)
    re vatos vergallos -- I think it's vatos (dudes) VER (see) gallos (roosters)
    If I'm right, that would mean either
    dudes being so drunk they're seeing roosters OR dudes drinking all night until the roosters start up, as referenced by till the rooster crows, mas cerveza..
    headfullofrockson August 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthaha i lovee this song..

    i soo understand cause i live around the neighborhood ..
    deep streets of LA..

    "aya en la pico y vermont"

    "im taking a ceramic class at LACC"

    LACC= los angeles community college..

    but anyways love it..

    correction as some ppl keep saying que onda means "whats going on, what's happening"

    like "what's the mood" i guess


    haha

    si hablo espanol :]
    xxcheezexgrisxxon November 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis perfectly captures LA in the mid 90's for me, back when Beck still lived in the neighborhood, when I was growing up. Such funny references. Cap'n Corks liquor store on Hillhurst. Mango ladies and the elote man. Rampart police department. Ceramics class at LACC (LOL). "Vamos a jugar futbol alli en el Gree-fith Park"
    FreePabloon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexactly!
    subterranean_summeron April 14, 2005   Link

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