FRENCHY BURRITO and the folk pistols

SENORITA CALIFORNIA............written by: frenchy burrito/rodd willings/hans werner

Senorita California
Her hair was midnight black
She lives in the barrio
Where what you have
depends on what you lack

Su Novo Jaun Carlos
The father of her child
Cut down in a gang war
The crack was running wild

Whose to say whos right or wrong
Were only here for a short while
Will the angels hear her sad song
As she kneels to the alter to pray

I was working at the station
Cars from nine to five
She pulld in one morning
Eyes more dead than alive

Here eyes were soft as steel
She held her head proud and high
If not for one blown deal
Su Novo would still be alive

Whos to say whos right or wrong
Were only here for a short while
Will the angels hear her sad song
As she kneels to the alter to pray

I was there that night
This dangerous game they play
I can still hear the echo
From the bullets spray

The drug lords aim their guns
At a generation full of rage
Hail Mary full of grace
Tough kids trying for a front page

Whos to say whos right or wrong
Were only here for a short while
Will the angels hear her sad song
As she kneels to the alter to pray


Written by: Frenchy Burrito/Rodd Willings/Hans Werner
Copyright and published 1992 Red Banana Music BMI


Note: There is a long story for the writing of "Senorita"
It was a seven year odyessy and a true Genesis in the making.

I first came up with the idea for "Senorita California" back in 1990. Then it was called "Spanish Girl" originally. It was right after I filmed a music video in NYC for a song I wrote called "Homeless Hearts".

I wanted to write a song about the drug scene in L.A.  I had spent some time out there and absorbed some of the drug culture while trying to figure out the music scene.  So, anyway I came up with the melody and an outline of the ground I wanted to cover.  After stiching together a first verse and a chorus I got stuck and put it aside and there it sat for for a couple of years. Enter my old song writing buddy Rodd Willings. It was 1995 by then (Ican leave unfinished songs on the shelf for awhile)

So me and Rodd went at it amongest other songs we manage to do whenever we get together. "Spanish Girl" sort of grew into a fleshed out piece. Sort of. We made a rough live demo and figured it wasn't too bad.  Then Rodd took off for parts unknown. and the song just sat there on tape for a couple more years.

One day I open a box and put the tape on and go at it again.  Lets see now, I got the gas station scene into the drama where she pulls in in the morning. And the religious aspect -- she goes to church and of course she lives in the barrio with her dealer husband. The gangs are after him. It has one of my best melodies too. its shaping up to be a big one.

It needed more though. Two heads are better than one maybe three would be better still. So, I run into my friend Hans the musician and show it to him, and he changes the title to "Senorita California" and adds the Spanish drug dealers name. Good idea!  Why didn't I think of that?  But I'm still not happy. It needs a big ending. So, I call my songwriter friend Rodd again and long distance on the phone we tie up the ending. Still not done.  I run it by my band The Folk Pistols and they like it and we play it at gigs. Road testing gets the kinks out..... That only took seven years!

FB



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