“Then she sighed as she whispered mañana,
never dreaming that we were parting…”
Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr and published in 1939 for the film of the same name starring country star Gene Autry, “South of the Border” became a hit for Frank after it was included in the album, This Is Sinatra!, released in 1956
In the lyrics, a man looks back with regret and pain for having lied to the woman he can’t forget (“…and now as I wander, my thoughts ever stray…”) and returned for too late, just as she was preparing for marriage.
There has certainly been a lot of talk about the U.S./Mexico border lately. Here’s hoping for a peaceful, pragmatic resolution to the issues down there—because right now it looks a little dicey…
“The mission bells told me, that I shouldn’t stay.
South of the border, down Mexico way…”