"a soft corrido in spanish from his grandmother that told of a brave soldadera who took up her fallen soldierman’s gun and faced the enemy in some old waste of death"
Corrido commemorating the 1910 Mexican Presidential Election
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCorrido commemorating the 1910 Mexican Presidential Election - Credit: Library of Congress

The corrido is a folk ballad of Mexico.

These popular narrative songs started to accrue political overtones during the Mexican War of Independence, but the high watermark of the corrido was the period surrounding the Mexican Revolution. A people’s history all of its own is contained in the many corridos of the Mexican Revolution, and before the widespread use of radio these songs were used to bring news to a largely illiterate population as well as to counteract the propaganda being spread by the Díaz government owned newspapers 

The best known Revolutionary corrido is undoubtedly La Cucaracha (The Cockroach), an old song which, in its most famous form, was rephrased to celebrate the exploits of Pancho Villa’s army and send up his nemesis Venustiano Carranza.



A number of corridos, like the one Billy sings to the wolf, also celebrate the soldaderas, the women of the Mexican Revolution:

Hermanos Bañuelos – Marijuana La Soldadera

Lydia Mendoza – Valentina 

Trío González – Adelita




Further reading:

Maria Herrera-Sobek, The Mexican Corrido: A Feminist Analysis