Who was the original inspiration? for Erik Rubin’s “Princesa Tibetana”?

Although today more than one fan thinks that the big hit is part of the singer's solo musical repertoire, the melody is part of Timbiriche's golden era.

Some of the biggest hits in Spanish-language music are part of the so-called “three golden decades of Mexico,” made up of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. “Princesa Tibetana” is included, although the mystery of who inspired its lyrics and to whom it was originally dedicated has changed.

Erik Rubín is the interpreter associated with this melody, even though the song originally belonged to the group that gave it national exposure: Timbiriche. As part of the band’s tenth album and the last one that featured his participation and that of Paulina Rubio and Edith Márquez, the song is still making people talk more than 30 years after its release.

“Princesa Tibetana

I saw you in a crystal

And now I have you here

In my room.”

What the lyrics of “Princesa Tibetana” mean, according to its author

Memo Méndez Guiú  junto a miembros de Timbiriche 
(Foto: Instagram/@memomendezguiu)
Memo Méndez Guiú with members of Timbiriche (Photo: Instagram/@memomendezguiu).

In 2017, Memo Méndez Guiú detailed in an interview with the newspaper Excelsior that the children’s musical concept Timbiriche and each of its members, unbeknownst to them until today, were part of a long-term experiment that was intended to leave positive messages.

Therefore, the author detailed that another mantra was the lyrics of Princesa Tibetana, where he sent the message that each human being is the creator of his reality. Thus, most of Méndez Guiú’s songs are of a spiritual nature:

“I found a way to give spiritual messages without upsetting beliefs, like the song Somos Uno en Realidad, from the album Timbiriche X, which talks about the absolute truth and that they never programmed on the radio, but that everyone sang. Since then, with Amparo and Pedro Damián, we agreed to release songs with duality, with intention, with messages of conscience, spiritual, disguised as pop”, he explained.

“And if you walk through hell

And if you walk with God

I will be your accomplice

And I’ll take care of you

I only ask you…

Give me more.”

Did Erik Rubín dedicate it to Paulina Rubio?

(Foto: Twitter/@madonnoniko)
(Photo: Twitter/@madonnoniko)

Although Mia and Nina Rubín’s father has not directly confessed who was the first person to whom the song was dedicated, the song was released in May 1990, the same date on which he had an affair with the Golden Girl, before the controversial love triangle they lived with Alejandra Guzmán.

Entertainment journalists in Mexico, as well as the band’s large fan base, on several occasions, had assured that the original Tibetan Princess was Paulina Rubio, which goes along with the story behind Mío de la Chica Dorada and Hey güera de la Reina de Corazones when they fought musically for the love of Erik Rubín.

Andrea Legarreta is Erik Rubín’s “Tibetan Princess.”

Although the singer confessed that the song was not made with the Hoy hostess in mind, he assured everyone that he liked her even before they were a couple during the same segment where she interviewed him. So before millions of viewers, he assured the audience she was his “Tibetan princess.”

“Have you ever physically imagined the Tibetan Princess?” asked Andrea Legarreta in a recent interview on the show Hoy, without waiting for Erik Rubín’s answer that broke her down in tears: “Of course I did; I already knew her since I was young. I already knew you, you weren’t, but I liked you, so I visualized you not only in the crystal,” she finished.

“Painter of illusions

Where you have painted your flower

On my heart

On my being

And if you walk on thorns

And if you walk in the sun

I will be your protector

And I will watch over you

Uh, I only ask you…”.