Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller

Down in Mexicali
There's a crazy little place that I know
Where the drinks are hotter than the chili sauce
And the boss is a cat named Joe

He wears a red bandana, plays a blues pianna
In a honky-tonk, down in Mexico
He wears a purple sash, and a black moustache
In a honky-tonk, down in Mexico

Well, the first time that I saw him
He was sittin' on a piano stool
I said "Tell me dad, when does the fun begin?"
He just winked his eye and said "Man, be cool."


Bridge (* ==> "In Mexico" in background before phrase):
(*)All of a sudden in walks this chick
(*)Joe starts playing on a Latin kick
(*)Around her waist she wore three fishnets
(*)She started dancin' with the castanets
(*)I didn't know just what to expect
(*)She threw her arms around my neck
(*)We started dancin' all around the floor
And then she did a dance I never saw before.

So if you're south of the border
I mean down in Mexico
And you wanna get straight,
Man, don't hesitate
Just look up a cat named Joe.


[Spoken by Carl Gardner:]
Yeah, como esta usted senorita
Come with me to the border, south of the border, that is
In Mexico, yeah in Mexico
You can get your kicks in Mexico
Come with me baby, come with me, come with me, crazy, yeah


Recorded by the Coasters in 1956.