A Review of the Song, “Heigh-Ho,” Performed by Los Lobos: ¿Los Lobos Van a Cantar en Disney?


Following in the tradition of Julie Andrews, Jim Brickman and the Dave Brubeck  Quartet, Disney Records has released a new collection of its classic movie tunes, this time performed by…Los Lobos? That’s right everybody. The guys from East L.A. are bringing “un poco del alma Latina” (a bit of Latin soul) to Disney.

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(L to R: Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas, Dopey, Snow White and Sneezy)

Since 1973, Los Lobos has combined rock, soul and traditional Spanish and Mexican music into a sound that has sold millions of records and won three Grammys. On the album, “Los Lobos Goes Disney” (released Oct 26, 2009), the group doesn’t change a thing. The song, “Heigh-Ho,” from the Disney classic animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” is a standout.

Listen to the song here

The song kicks off with noisy, banging guitars and drums that settle into a rocking norteño-style groove. With appropriate Disney flourish, the “Heigh-Ho” singers begin alternating low and high “heigh-hos.”

Here are the lyrics:

First Verse
“Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, la hora ya llegó (The time has arrived.)
Whistles…heigh-ho, heigh-ho, heigh-ho
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, la casa vuelvo yo (I go back home.)
Whistles…heigh-ho, heigh-ho

Second Verse
“Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, la casa vuelvo yo (I go back home.)
Whistles…heigh-ho, heigh-ho, heigh-ho
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, el día ya acabo (The day is over.)
Whistles…heigh-ho, heigh-ho

The end of the song is even more hardcore than the beginning, complete with a chaotic drum roll, as if to say, “hell yeah” – but in a nice way for the kids.

By the way, if your kids can’t get enough of Los Lobos after listening to “Los Lobos Goes Disney,” the group made a children’s album with Lalo Guerrero called, “Papa’s Dream” (1995). They’re also on the soundtrack of the movie, “Spy Kids,” and they play the theme song to Disney’s “Handy Manny” TV show.

Also, see a replay of Los Lobos’ performance on Oct. 18, 2009, at the White House’s Fiesta Latina, a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoagkxrPshU

Los Lobos’ Web sites include www.loslobos.org and www.myspace.com/loslobos. Los Lobos also has a fan page on Facebook.

Sources: www.loslobos.org (band page), www.myspace.com/loslobos (Los Lobos Goes Disney Press Release, Oct. 15, 2009), www.latinheat.com/news (Valderrama Voices Handy Manny New Disney Channel Series, July 12, 2006), www.tracksounds.com/reviews/spykids.htm and iTunes (Disney search).

Special Thanks
¡Muchas gracias to friends Milagros Heeter and Kelly Knipe for contributing their Spanish-language skills to this review!

Second and Third Favorite Songs This Week: 2. Devendra Banhart – “Angelika” from the album, “What Will We Be” (Folk Rock) and 3. Devendra Banhart – “Can’t Help But Smiling” from the album, “What Will We Be” (Folk Rock)

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