from "Cultural Interaction in New Mexico as Illustrated in the la Danza de Matachines." by Brenda M. Romero, pg. 205-238
In The Music of Multicultural America

Edited by Kip Lornell and Anne K. Rasmussen


1998, Denver, Colorado. Brenda M. Romero.

Romero combines two different variants found in New Mexico to delineate characters and to provide contrast over the seven-minute performance of the song. The older variant is believed to be the one with the refrain, "Que din, que don, que din, din, don," which is a play on words. The word "don" is a term of honor when used with a man's name; used after the word "que," a derogatory connotation is implied for the "don." Romero's performance also deviates slightly from the melody as recorded by John D. Robb.