La Adelita

Song by:
Unknown
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Experience in:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, January – February 1974

This is another song that was performed by the band Los de Chacabuco and was sung in the prisoners’ weekly show. It’s a very old Mexican song that was popular in Chile. It used to be performed in the compound set up by the prisoners, and rehearsed at Los de Chacabuco's venue in the so-called Civic District. Along with the other songs recovered from the historic cassette, this one was also recorded in the group’s aforementioned venue.


Published on: 11 November 2015

Clandestine recording made by political prisoners in Chacabuco, 1974.


At the top of a steep ridge
a regiment was encamped
and a girl who bravely followed,
madly in love with the sergeant.

Popular among the troops was Adelita,
the woman idolised by the sergeant,
who besides being brave was also pretty,
and even the colonel respected her.

And he was heard to say
that he loved her so,
if Adelita were to go with another
I would follow her by land and by sea,
if by sea on a warship,
if by land on a military train.

If Adelita would like to marry me,
and if Adelita were now my wife,
I would buy her a silk dress
to take her dancing in the barracks.

And after the cruel battle ended
and the troops returned to their camp,
through the voice of a sobbing woman
a prayer was heard in the camp.

And on hearing her, the sergeant
afraid of losing forever his beloved,
hiding his pain under a scarf,
sang to his beloved like this...

And he who was so moribund was heard saying…

And if I happen to die in the war,
and if they arrange to bury my body,
Adelita, by God I beg you,
not to cry for me.