Guantanamera

Lyrics

by

Pete Seeger



The words mean, I am a truthful man
From the land of the palm trees
And before dying, I want to share the poems of my soul
My poems are soft green,
My poems are also flaming crimson
My poems are like a wounded fawn
Seeking refuge in the forest
The last verse says "con los pobres de la tierra"
With the poor people of this earth
I want to share my fate
The streams of the mountain
Pleases me more than the sea

Writer/s: JOSE MARTI, PETE SEEGER, JULIAN ORBON, J. FERNANDEZ DIAZ
THE BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY, SOCIEDAD GENERAL DE AUTORES DE ESPANA S G A E
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On December 17th 1966 the Sandpipers performed "Guantanamera" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Five months earlier on July 24th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on September 11th it peaked at #9 (for 1 week) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
It was track number one from their album of the same name; the album produced another Top 100 record ("Louie, Louie", which reached #30)...
Model Dolores Erickson appeared on album's cover; she was the beauty who also was on the cover of Herb Alpert's 1965 LP 'Whipped Cream & Other Delights'.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
A little historical fact: Marti died 1895. So he did not write anything 1899 I would think...
- Pedro, Habana, Cuba
When you are a student songs like Guantanamera inspires you. The effect it has on engineers, scientists and real-producers is different. Makes them try harder. I was so surprised/pleased to see Siddhartha name a comments on this song too. We are both from IIT, Madras, India
- Ebby Sargunar, Rugby, United Kingdom
The english translation for the song reads : " I am a truthful man ( Yo soy un hombre sincero ), From the land of the palm trees ( de donde crece la palma ) . .. And before I die ( Y antes de morirme quirero ) , I like to share the songs of my soul (echar mis versos del alma) . .. My songs are like soft whisper ( Mi verso es de un verde claro ) , And of a crisom red (y de un carma an encendido ). ..My songs are a wounded doe (Mi verso es un cievo herido), That search of a protected mountain (que busca en el monte amparo ). .. With the poor of the earth / land (Con los pobres de la tierra ), I would like to cast my fate (quiero yo mi suerte echar ). ... The stream of the mountain range (El arroyo de la sierra ), Pleases me more than the sea (me complace mas que el mar) .
- Mike, Franklin County, PA
Actually I think the song is more a symbol of Pete Seeger. It's probably the song he's most famous for...case and point it's only one of two of his songs listed on SongFacts even though he wrote and recorded volumes more.
- Heather, Los Angeles, CA
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