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South of the Border
Composer
Jimmy Kennedy
Lyricist
Michael Carr
Published
1958
Artist
Release
November 1953
Recording
April 1953
Release
1958
Recording
October 1958
Royalties
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"South of the Border" is a Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Carr song featured in Frank Sinatra's 1958 album Come Fly With Me. The song was first written as a country ballad in 1939 and recorded by Gene Autry. Sinatra first released it as a single in 1953.

Lyrics Edit

South of the border - down Mexico way
That's where I fell in love, where the stars above - came out to play
And now as I wander - my thoughts ever stray
South of the border - down Mexico way

She was a picture - in old Spanish lace
Just for a tender while, I kissed a smile - upon her face
'Cause it was fiesta - and we were so gay
South of the border - Mexico way

Then she smiled as she whispered "manjanna"
Never dreaming that we were parting
Then I lied as a whispered "manjanna"
'Cause our tomorrow never came

South of the border - I jumped back one day
There in a veil of white, by the candle light - she knelt to pray
The mission bells told me (ding-dong) - that I musn't stay
South of the border - Mexico way

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