Los Enanitos Verdes are one of the most iconic rock bands in
Argentina and all of Latin America since the 1980s. “Lamento boliviano” is one of the most popular songs by the group led by the recently deceased ‘Marciano’ Cantero. In its lyrics there is a phrase that many sing without knowing what it means: “Baby, don’t comb your hair in bed, the travelers are going to be late…”
Although at first it may seem like just a random phrase, like many that appear in various songs, it is actually part of an ancient superstition that was very popular long ago. Below, we explain its meaning and what would have led to its inclusion in this hit released in 1984 made popular by the band from Mendoza.
What does “Baby, don’t comb your hair in bed” mean?
“Baby, don’t comb your hair in bed, the travelers are going to be late”, speaks of a superstition that was once widespread in Latin America. According to this,
if a woman combed her hair in her bed, it would bring bad luck; for example, sailors took it as an omen of violent tides and even shipwrecks.
In fact, this belief appears in a passage from the book by Gabriel García Márquez
“A Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. “The only thing my mother reproached them for was the habit of combing their hair before going to sleep. Girls, she told them, don’t comb your hair at night because the sailors are late”.
This and several other situations mentioned in the book appear in the lyrics of the song, such as “I’m like a rock, words don’t touch me”, which would allude to the protagonist. For this reason, it is believed that this work by ‘Gabo’ would have influenced the famous song.
Green Dwarfs: the origin of “Bolivian Lament”
“Lamento boliviano” was originally created by the rock group Alcohol Etílico in 1984, and released on their album “Envasado de Origen” in 1986. It was the Enanitos Verdes who years later popularized the theme on their album “Big Bang”, released in 1994.
A popular theory claims that it is inspired by the drama of the Bolivian immigrants who arrived in Argentina in the 1980s. However, ‘Marciano’ himself rejected the idea in an interview in 2017: “It’s just a song, nothing happens ”, he told the newspaper Página Siete of La Paz.
“Lamento Boliviano” appeared on the album “Big Bang” by the Enanitos Verdes, released in 1994. Photo: Capitol
“Bolivian lament”, the most listened to Enanitos Verdes song on Spotify
On the Spotify music platform,
“Bolivian Lament” It is not only the most played song of Enanitos Verdes, but also of all Argentine rock, with more than 163 million views, which even exceeds Soda Stereo’s “Light Music”, which reaches 138 million, according to the Los Andes newspaper. Who created “Bolivian Lament”?
The song “Lamento boliviano” was written by Natalio Faingold and Dimi Bass (Raúl Federico Gómez) in 1984, when both were members of the band Alcohol Etílico.
Why the name Green Dwarfs?
The Green Dwarfs chose that name due to an anecdote of the family that visited the town of Puente del Inca in 1979. The Noblitá claimed to have seen in a photograph of them an orange-reddish spot with a humanoid shape and felt “something strange” while taking a drink. the snapshot.
The event became known in the media of the time as the case of the ‘green dwarfs’, and that was why ‘Marciano’ Cantero decided to give that name to the gang that he formed eight months after the case was revealed.
The alleged “dwarf” caught on camera that gave rise to the name of the Green Dwarfs. Profile photo