Guantanamera by the Sandpipers


Below are the lyrics based on the poem by Martí; as described above, many other versions exist.

[lyrics from Wikipedia]

Spanish language

English language

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 an honest 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 a clear green

And it is flaming crimson

My verse is a wounded deer

Who seeks refuge in the woods.

This third verse of “Versos Sencillos” is usually not part of the song

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 and Arlo Guthrie

Y para el cruel que me arranca

El corazón 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 cast my lot

The brook of the mountains

Gives me more pleasure than the sea


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Teacher
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 14:13:53

    pitched too low

  2. Teacher
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 16:52:15

  3. teacher
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 15:55:42

    joan baez

  4. Teacher
    Jul 14, 2010 @ 15:47:46

    julio iglesias

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