Cielito Lindo

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"Cielito Lindo" is a popular traditional song of Mexico, written in 1882 by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés (c. 1859–1957).[1] In recent decades it has come to be widely known as a theme song for Mexicans, particularly in international circumstances, like the soccer championship World Cup, where fans sang it to the Mexico national team. There have been controversies when the song has been used in parodies perceived by some Mexicans as racist slurs[citation needed], or by commercial advertisers such as the Frito Bandito mascot of Frito-Lay's corn chips snack.

The melody was used as the basis for a popular English-language song, "You, Me, and Us," which became a hit for Alma Cogan in the United Kingdom in 1957.

A related Son huasteco version, sometimes called "Cielito lindo" from La Huasteca in Mexico, is one of the most popular songs played by Conjunto.

Lyrics[edit]

Spanish literal English Translation figurative English Translation

De la Sierra Morena,
Cielito lindo, vienen bajando,
Un par de ojitos negros,
Cielito lindo, de contrabando.

Estribillo:
Ay, ay, ay, ay,
Canta y no llores,
Porque cantando se alegran,
Cielito lindo, los corazones.

Pájaro que abandona,
Cielito lindo, su primer nido,
Si lo encuentra ocupado,
Cielito lindo, bien merecido.

(Estribillo)

Ese lunar que tienes,
Cielito lindo, junto a la boca,
No se lo des a nadie,
Cielito lindo, que a mí me toca.

(Estribillo)

Si tu boquita morena,
Fuera de azúcar, fuera de azúcar,
Yo me lo pasaría,
Cielito lindo, chupa que chupa.

(Estribillo)

De tu casa a la mía,
Cielito lindo, no hay más que un paso,
Antes que venga tu madre,
Cielito lindo, dame un abrazo.

(Estribillo)

Una flecha en el aire,
Cielito lindo, lanzó Cupido,
y como fue jugando,
Cielito lindo, yo fui el herido.

(Estribillo)

From the Sierra Morena mountains,
Pretty darling, they come down,
a pair of black eyes,
Pretty sweetheart, which are contraband.

Refrain:
Ay, ay, ay, ay,
sing and don't cry,
because singing gladdens,
pretty sweetheart, one's heart.

Bird that abandons,
pretty darling, his first nest,
if he finds it occupied,
pretty sweetheart, is well deserved.

(Refrain)

That beauty mark you have
pretty darling, next to your mouth,
don't give it to anyone,
pretty sweetheart, for it belongs to me.

(Refrain)

If your little brown mouth
were made of sugar, were made of sugar
I would spend my time,
pretty sweetheart, sucking(x2)

(Refrain)

From your house to mine
pretty darling, there is no more than a step.
Before your mother comes,
pretty sweetheart, give me a hug.

(Refrain)

An arrow in the air
pretty sweetheart, Cupid launched
and as he was playing,
pretty darling, I got wounded.

(Refrain)

Through lustrous tresses, heavenly one,
a pair of deep, dark, thievish eyes,
lower as they approach.


Refrain:
Ay, ay, ay, ay,
sing and don't cry,
heavenly one, for singing
gladdens the heart.

A bird that abandons
his first nest, heavenly one,
then finds it occupied by another,
deserves to lose it.

(Refrain)

That beauty mark you have
next to your mouth, heavenly one,
don't share with anyone but me
who appreciates it.

(Refrain)

If your little mouth
were made of sugar, heavenly one,
I would spend my time
enjoying its sweetness.

(Refrain)

From your house to mine
there is no more than a step.
Before your mother comes,
heavenly one, give me a hug.

(Refrain)

Cupid, playing matchmaker,
shot off an arrow,
heavenly one,
and I was struck.

(Refrain)

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Notes[edit]

  • Cielo means sky or heaven. It is also a term of endearment comparable to sweetheart. Cielito would be "sweetie".
    Lindo means beautiful.
  • In an article in Spanish [1] Mr. Arturo Ortega Morán's research into the origins of the first verse of this song is cited. Most students of Spanish who do have difficulty making logical sense of this verse may be pleased to note his findings. Accordingly, in the early 1600s armed bandits lived in the Sierra Morena mountains of Spain and one risked one's life going there. The first verse of "Cielito Lindo", referencing that period, was written into a song from that time. But as the years moved along so did the meaning of the verse and people began romanticizing it. "Your face is the Sierra Morena. Your eyes are thieves who live there." The verse had other melodies put to it and various lyrics. Mr. Quirino Mendoza, the composer of the song we know, adapted the verse to his own melody and added a refrain and other verses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biografía de Quirino Mendoza y Cortés" (in Spanish). Mexico: Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México (SACM). Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2009-09-28.