Puente wrote the song in revenge for Mr. Burns' causing his proposed jazz program to be downsized from Springfield Elementary School after Burns stole the school's oil. Puente felt that a "slanderous mambo" was a more fitting and more thorough vengeance than shooting Burns. Chief Wiggum cleared Puente as a suspect in Burns' shooting after hearing the song.
The music was written by Alf Clausen, and the lyrics by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein. Two versions of the song are available on CDs: the version heard on television is on Songs in the Key of Springfield, and a longer version with a flute solo is available on the album Go Simpsonic with The Simpsons. The song was nominated for a 1996 Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics. It lost to "Let's Settle Down" from the television remake of the musical Bye Bye Birdie.
- Wounds won't last long,
- but an insulting song
- Burns will always carry with him.
- So I'll settle my score
- on the salsa floor
- with this vengeful Latin rhythm.
- Con el corazón de perro ("With a heart of a dog")
- ¡Señor Burns!
- ¡El diablo con dinero! ("The devil with money!")
- It may not surprise you,
- but all of us despise you.
- Please die and fry
- in Hell, you rotten
- rich, old wretch!
- ¡Adiós, viejo! ("Farewell, old man!")