▶ “Guantanamera” by Playing for Change

SYNOPSIS

We invite you to watch and enjoy another  Song Around The World from our new album: “Guantanamera”. We started the song with Carlos Varela in Havana and it features over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. We recorded and produced this track with Jackson Browne, who explains that “traveling with Playing For Change across Cuba was one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of my life.”


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Music brings us so much light and helps us find our way back home. In honor of the late great Manuel Galbán, “un hombre sincero de donde crece la palma”, with music you live in our hearts forever.

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Where does the song originate?…

Guantanamera – meaning “girl from Guantánamo” – is a Cuban song, which has been successfully performed by numerous singers over the years.

The music is attributed to José Fernández Díaz.

And, the official lyrics are based on the first poem of Versos Sencillos – “Simple Verses” – written by Cuban poet José Martí and adapted by Julián Orbón.

Discover more Spanish lyrics and music from the links leading off from our main Spanish music page, here.

But now for those lyrics to the ever-popular Guantanamera

Spanish Lyrics to Guantanamera

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

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

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

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

Guantanamera in English

I am a truthful man
From where the palm tree grows
And before dying I want
To let out the verses of my soul

My verse is light green
And it is flaming red
My verse is a wounded stag
Who seeks refuge on the mountain

I grow a white rose
In July just as in January
For the honest friend
Who gives me his open hand

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

Spanish and translations: http://www.top-tour-of-spain.com/Spanish-Lyrics-to-Guantanamera.html

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