Albuquerque, New Mexico. A drunk gets into a home where a wake is being held and, seeing the few candles around the body, begins to sing "Las mananitas," a birthday song. Someone tells the drunk to quiet own, that he is in a wake. The drunk then says that now he understands why there were so few candles for such a large cake. Quality: Good
Socorro, New Mexico. Traditionally, tragedy strikes on St. John's Day (June 24th). In this ballad a youngman, Juan, warns his girl, Micaela, that he is going to kill his rival, Simon. Micaela goes to the dance with Simon. At midnight a shot is heard and two bodies fall, mortally wounded, on the dance floor. They are the bodies of Micaela and Simon. Quality: Good.
Socorro, New Mexico. Going to a dance against her mother's wishes costs Rosita Alvires her life. When the young woman gets on the dance floor, she slights her boyfriend, Hipolito. The young man resents being made a fool of and shoots Rosita three times. "Luckily for Rosita," the ballad says, "although she received three bullet wounds, only one was fatal." Quality: Good