El Diablo Suelto

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El Diablo Suelto (The devil on the loose), published originally in 1888, is one of the most renowned songs in Venezuela's music history. Composed by Heraclio Fernández, this popular waltz created in the western state of Zulia is played as a joropo, as it forms part of Venezuelan folk culture.
Popular musician and composer Enrique Hidalgo wrote a little–known lyrics for the song, which was recorded by Gualberto Ibarreto in 1976.


— I —
Recógete muchacho por allá anda el diablo suelto;
Y lleva entre sus cachos al hijo de Ruperto
Que Lucifer lo llaman, Mandinga, varios nombres le dan
Que lo han visto en Carora también que lo han visto en San Juan.
— II —
Coge la cruz de palma real sin vacilar,
ponte a rezar, agarra bien
un puño e' sal, también agua bendita
Y no te pongas a temblar, a lloriquear sin
más que hacer porque el placer del
diablo es asustar y hacerte correr
— III —
No vayas a pensar que con ron y tabaco lo podrás ahuyentar:
Porque le gusta a ese diablo beber, también fumar,
corre, brinca, salta, que el diablo suelto te puede agarrar


from Ensueño, released January 1, 2000
Heraclio Hernández



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Roberto Ruscitti is a true virtuoso. The long years of practice, combined with a great passion as an interpreter, make him difficult to match.
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