"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 Robert King, Michael S. Simpson, Beck David Hansen

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    General Comment*dances* It's like an entire Mexican street festival compressed into under 4 minutes.
    theriteofspringon April 14, 2005   Link
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    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
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    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 CommentLet's go to Captain Cork, they got the new Yanni cassette...
    raven1268on September 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexactly!
    subterranean_summeron April 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think Que Unda Guero is supposed to mean "Where are you going, white boy?"
    Snuffyon May 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Beck's childhood, growing up as a white boy in a hispanic city. The voices talking in the background are making fun of Beck. "Que onda" and "Adonde vayas" both translate to "where are you going", and guero is a derogatory term meaning "white boy".
    Grafton May 16, 2005   Link
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    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
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    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
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH. it makes you wanna grab a bunch of your friends and start dancing to it. eeek go beck.
    fuzzyshoeson September 02, 2005   Link

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