Spanish Civil War song, based on an harmonization of the folk song “Los Cuatro Muleros” of Federico García Lorca. It is one of the most well known antifascist songs from the civil war and it makes reference of the four generals that conducted the rebellion against the democratically elected Republic: Franco, Mola, Varela and Queipo de Llano.

It is also know as the “Coplas de la Defensa de Madrid” because it explains the successive and unsuccessful rebel intents of entering Madrid, that was defended by the voluntaries of the 5th Regiment and the Brigadas Internacionales (such as the American Abraham Lincoln Brigade)

Charlie Haden did a free jazz version with the Liberation Music Orchestra.

Some keys to the English translation below: “Mamita mía” -> should be obvious, but it’s like shouting “Mummy!” ; “Bridge of the French”-> bridge in Madrid, named after the 1808 –1814 war against the French; “milicianos”-> popular militia; “Casa de Campo”-> Madrid park; “Manzanares”-> Madrid river; "the moors"-> Franco was general in the Spanish morocco and his personal guard were from there.

Los Cuatro Generales

Los cuatro generales
Mamita mía
Que se han alzado

Para la Nochebuena
Mamita mía
Serán ahorcados

Puente de los Franceses
Mamita mía
Nadie te pasa

Porque tus milicianos
Mamita mía
Que bien te guardan

Por la Casa de Campo
Mamita mía
Y el Manzanares

Quieren pasar los moros
Mamita mía
No pasa nadie

Madrid que bien resistes
Mamita mía
Los bombardeos

De las bombas se ríen
Mamita mía
Los madrileños


The four generals
Mamita mía
They have raised

By Christmas Eve
Mamita mía
They will be hung

Bridge of the French
Mamita mía
Nobody cross you

Because your milicianos
Mamita mía
They will keep you well

By the Casa de Campo
Mamita mía
and the Manzanares

The moors want to pass
Mamita mía
Nobody passes

Madrid, you resist so well
Mamita mía
the bombings

They laugh of the bombs
Mamita mía
The people from Madrid

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