'La Llorona': A Spooky Folk Song With Many Lives : Alt.Latino Just in time for Día de los Muertos, here are 12 versions of an old song that still frightens. Hear "La Llorona" performed by Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, Mariachi Flor de Toloache and more.

'La Llorona': A Spooky Folk Song With Many Lives

An actor dresses as La Llorona at a celebration Oct. 31, 2015 in Guatemala City. Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An actor dresses as La Llorona at a celebration Oct. 31, 2015 in Guatemala City.

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Just about everyone of a certain age who grew up in a Latinx household can attest to the power of the tale of La Llorona as a disciplinary tool at bedtime. "You better go to sleep or La Llorona will come into your room and take you away!" is what many of us heard as we hid our heads under the covers.

The tale has an old folk song that goes along with it, and what better musical backdrop for NPR's The Salt's presentation of Día de los Muertos? (Tune in around 1 p.m. ET on NPR's Facebook page to watch.)

So here is a list — by no means definitive — of some favorite versions of "La Llorona," and even a few surprising renditions. Warning: Do not listen to this playlist at night. With the wind blowing. And with creepy noises just outside your window.

Just sayin'.

Hear The Songs

Chavela Vargas

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"La Llorona"

From 'Frida'

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Lola Beltrán

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"Llorona"

From 'Concierto en Vivo en Belles Artes, Vol. 2'

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Lucha Villa

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"La Llorona"

From 'El Jinete'

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Lila Downs

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"La Llorona"

From 'Alma de Lila Downs'

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Ely Guerra

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"Llorona"

From 'Bimexicano Nuestros Clasicos Hechos Rock'

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Sofía Rei

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"Llorona"

From 'De Tierra Y Oro'

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Mariachi Flor de Toloache

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"La Llorona"

From 'Mariachi Flor De Toloache'

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Magos & Limón

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"Llorona"

From 'Dawn'

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels

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"Llorona"

From 'I Long to See You'

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Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

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"Llarona"

From 'Dracula Boots'

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Caifanes

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"Llorona"

From 'Nervio del Volcan'

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Francisco Javier Lledías

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"La Llorona"

From 'La Llorona'

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