Guantánamera

12 01 2009

Guantánamera is a Spanish song.

Yesterday I listen to Guantánamera on You Tube.

Sandpipers sang the song.

I love this song because it is  very, very, very, very nice.

In English Guantánamera means a girl from Guantanamo.

This is the lyrics of Guantánamera:

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crece la palma
Y antes de morirme quiero
Echar mis versos del alma
Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera

I am a sincere man
From where the palm tree grows
And before dying I want
To share the verses of my soul.

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido
Mi verso es de un ciervo herido
Que busca en el monte amparo
Guantanamera, guajira, Guantanamera

My verse is light green
And it is flaming crimson
My verse is a wounded deer
Who seeks refuge on the mountain (or in the woods).

This third verse was never part of the song, Guantanamera, but was written in “Versos Sencillos”

Cultivo una rosa blanca
En julio como en enero
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca
Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera

I cultivate a white rose
In July as in January
For the sincere friend
Who gives me his honest hand.

This fourth verse is translated during the song as sung by Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie[3]

Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazon con que vivo
Cardo ni ortiga cultivo
Cultivo la rosa blanca
Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera

And for the cruel one
who would tear out this heart with which I live
I do not cultivate nettles nor thistles
I cultivate a white rose

Final verse of song, as published:

Con los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
El arroyo de la sierra
Me complace más que el mar
Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera

With the poor people of the earth
I want to share my fate
The brook of the mountains
Gives me more pleasure than the sea

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6 responses

6 05 2009
A Moment With English - Enjoying English « Ahmad Ali Karim’s Weblog

[...] First was the ‘Khalifah Song’ and the next song was ‘Guantanamera‘. [...]

7 05 2009
Syaza

I am starting to likes this song after hearing you sings this song.
I really loves it but I can’t remember the moledy.
I only knows how to sing “guantanamera.guajira guantanamera”that’s all.
he..he..he.. : )

7 05 2009
ahmadalikarim

Dear Kak Syaza,
I learnt this song from my mother.
In Espányol j sounds as h in English.

18 07 2009
Enjoying English At SMK Sultan Mansor (SMKSM) « Ahmad Ali Karim’s Weblog

[...] Before we end the program my sisters and I sang the Khalifah song and Guantanamera. [...]

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[...] my big sister Kaman sang a Cuban song, ‘Guantanamera’ while Uncle Adnan Othman played the [...]

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[...] is better to listen to songs with good messages like Guantánamera, Micheal Jackson’s Earth Song, Dawud Wharnsby Ali’s songs and other better [...]

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