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Adela Velarde Pérez
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Adela Velarde Pérez  was a nurse from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and inspired the popular song "La Adelita". She was the niece of Rafael Velarde, a friend of mexican President Benito Juarez. Velarde gave shelter to the President when he was exiled to Paso del Norte, later renamed in his honor as Ciudad Juárez.

In 1914 "Adelita" attended the wounded soldier Antonio del Río Armenta, who composed the famous song.





My translation (there are many versions of this Mexican ballad):

On the heights of the steep mountain
Could be found a regiment camping
And a girl who was bravely following them,
Madly in love with the sergeant.

Adelita was popular among the troop,
The woman that the sergeant idolized,
And besides being brave, she was pretty
And even the colonel respected her.

And was heard what the one who loved her so would say:

And if Adelita would leave with another
I'd follow her by land and by sea,
If by sea on a warship
If by land on a military train.

And if Adelita wants to be my wife,
And if Adelita were my woman,
I'd buy her a silk dress
To take her to the barracks dance.

And after the cruel battle was over
And the troop returned to its camp,
Through the voice of a sobbing woman,
The prayer could be heard in the camp.

And when he heard her, the sergeant feared
Losing his beloved forever,
Hiding his pain under his cape,
To his beloved he sung like this…

And was heard what he who was dying said...

And if I happen to die at war
And they go to bury my body,
Adelita, by God, I beseech you,
Don't cry for me.

And if Adelita would leave with another
I'd follow her by land and by sea,
If by sea on a warship
If by land on a military train.

And if Adelita wants to be my wife,
And if Adelita were my woman,
I'd buy her a silk dress
To take her to the barracks dance.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.
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