Gary Snead

Gary Snead

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Country - General | Richmond, Virginia, United States
Total Song Plays: 342   
Member Since: 2005
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Song Description

This is the story of the origin of the holiday known as Cinco De Mayo.

Story Behind the Song

After receiving more than one call over the years from agents and club bookers, to play a "Cinco De Mayo" party to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, I had finally had my fill of the lack of knowledge on the historical significance of the 5th of May, so I wrote this song. I hope you enjoy my musical history lesson!


"Cinco De Mayo"
Words and by Gary Snead Copyright 2005

El Presidente Benito Juarez,
Had massive troubles with Mexico's debt,
His treasury broke,
He came out and spoke,
Foreign payments he'd have to forget

Napoleon the Third was in power,
In France in that fateful year,
He was quite incensed,
And so he did send,
His army and all of their gear

They'd take over the Mexican Nation,
To insure that their money they'd get,
They'd pillage and plunder,
Drive Mexico under,
And crush all resistance they met


Yo soy Mexicanos,
Viva, La Batalia de Puebla they cried,
It happened on Cinco de Mayo,
And brought every Mexican pride

Mr Juarez sent General Zaragosa,
To the hamlet of Puebla to meet,
France's superior forces,
With cavalry on horses,
And more guns than they'd care to greet

Well the battle did rage for two hours,
'Til the French they were forced to retreat,
The Mexican masses,
Had kicked those French asses,
Napoleon went down in defeat

So when you celebrate Cinco de Mayo,
On the fifth day of May each new year,
Toast Ignasio Zaragosa,
With a chilly mimosa,
Or Maybe a Mexican Beer

Chorus.... Repeat Chorus

Song Length
Country - Americana, Folk - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Medium Fast (131 - 150)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal

Subject Matter
Birthdays, Other Holidays, History, Past

Similar Artists
Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor
2000 and later

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Label Credits Son Of A Beach Records