Ay tu primo colorado
con barba camburada
y lleno de ballena inclinandose al sol
tu rayo de luz roja
besando nuestra boca
el beso que te sopla huele a alcohol

ay tus tres ojos lunares extraterrestriales
entran cuando sales, por eso y no se ven
ay tu barba colorada traviesa y rebelde
me afeito con espada, pero devuelve!

oh la la la la la la la...

si la noche te persigue entregate a ella
o dile que tienes dolor de cabeza
sombrita de reflejo, dame algo tierno
me como tu amor y cago el infierno

ay oh oh oh oh oh ay oh oh oh oh oh
berno oh oh berne berne berne oh oh
ah la la la la la la la...

ay tus ojos colorados azul y anaranjados
amarillo y verde y maron
mi amor envuelto en tu corazon
no lo sueltes por favor
somos elefantes y serpientes semejantes
tomando agua ardiente en el sol

en el sol en el sol en el sol
la la la la la la la la la la la

Lyrics submitted by amyelizzzabeth, edited by jugo, diegochain25

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    My Interpretation

    "maron" doesn't mean "maroon" it means brown!

    aiimhighhitlowon April 04, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    my take on the song is that he is speaking about a lover of his, who is passionate and fiery like the sun, but because she is also like alcohol, she is intoxicating and is known for volatile behavior. his love for her, is like a beard that grows on him, and becomes almost too uncontrollable, because though he tries to cut it off, it grows back. she attracts him because she is exotic and otherworldly, and because he feels her presence even when she leaves. he knows she is too much but stays with her. he beckons her to soften her ways, and tries to overpower her, but he is left damaged in trying to tame her. he likens her to a snake who constricts him and his love in her heart. the relationship is consuming him, and he is lost in the myriad colors in her eyes, and how they change with emotion. the end is ambiguous, it could mean that while the two separate, her a snake and him an elephant, and remain entwined at the very least in friendship or aquaintance, and that all is good, or that they remain together, consumed by each other in passion. beautiful stuff, i must say, and definitely about the passion of love and how it consumes us, inebriates us, entrances us. you can tell that a man like devendra is an emotional dude whose feminine side is an attractive quality, an artist's intuition so to speak which draws him to emotional, raw human beings. i think this song has much to do with his relationship with natalie portman as she is in the music video. portman is a powerful actress on screen and even at a young age had the power to elicit emotions even with just her eyes, a quality she has yet to forget. no doubt the two had an intense relationship, a fiery tryst that was meant to burn out, as its foundations were that of lust.

    clarkthe2ndon October 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Good song to cheer you up if your feeling blue. Hears the lyrics translated. Wish I could put 2 cents in on what it means, but hell maybe it just means random things with no meaning...which is what I'm highly interested in


    rambleon86on October 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    "colorado" means red like ginger. "al col" well thats is funny. "alcohol" this is rigth! Also is "Llena de ballena". I guess the song is about free love.

    Sorry my english is not good. Pero mi español si saludos.

    Wolfmannon June 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    some spelling mistakes but good...very catchy and dancable song...love it!

    Me encanta que Devendra cante también en español!

    incomingon September 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    what's spelled wrong? let me know and i'll fix it up!

    for the most part i just literally copied it from what devendra wrote himself.

    amyelizzzabethon September 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    aye que yo amo esta cancion, sigue devendra!

    Goatwrenchon September 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    it's hard to say what it means. it mentions colors, elephants, three polka dot eyes, and a "colorado beard"

    pandora_ash_avalieon October 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    "colorado" means colored. colored beard.

    amyelizzzabethon November 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    devendra is the best songwriter i've heard in a while.

    fernandoboton January 09, 2008   Link

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