"Tiempos Amargos" (Bitter Times), with its ironic lamentation on the passage of time, criticizes life under the exploitive Mexican president Porfirio Diaz:
These are no longer the times of Porfirio (D'az), when they cried for the master when they'd meet him, they'd shake his hand, and button his pants.
If one day the steward became angry with a worker it was because there was another one closer to the snaps of his pants.
If someone had pretty daughters he'd get a job as a night watchman, or else he'd land a good job, at least as a payroll clerk.
If someone had a pretty wife they didn't let him rest, they'd get them up very early to work just like the oxen.
El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez" tells the tale of a Mexican outlaw who refuses to give up, even when he is cornered at the very end:
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