the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center,
the Arhoolie Foundation,
and the UCLA Digital Library
Song tells about immigrating to the United States in search of a better life. This is the first example of the term “Espalda Mojada” I’ve encountered in a song. This refers to crossing the border illegally, literally translated is “Wetback” a derogatory term used to describe undocumented immigrants from Mexico and South America.