Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)

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"Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)" is a popular song that was written by Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour and published in 1947. Peggy Lee recorded the song on November 25, 1947, with Dave Barbour's orchestra as backing. Released by Capitol Records (catalog number 15022), it became her biggest chart hit. For the week ending January 23, 1948, the single entered Billboard's Best Sellers chart, where it spent 21 weeks, nine of those at number one.[1]

Mañana is Spanish for "tomorrow" (though it also means "morning"). The theme of the humorous song is the singer wanting to put off urgent tasks until the next day. The song is typically performed with stereotypical Hispanic accents, and with a Latin flavor to the backup band.[citation needed]

Notable covers[edit]

The following artists have covered the song:

Olga San Juan (1956 Rosemary Clooney TV Show)

In popular culture[edit]

  • In Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, the narrator, Sal Paradise, describes the shack where his Mexican girlfriend's family lives and quotes some of the lyrics: "The window she is broken and the rain she is coming in". He also mentions how his girlfriend's brother is always "putting off everything till mañana."
  • In the episode "The Merchant of Korea" (episode 14, season 6) of M*A*S*H, Maj. C.E. Winchester is singing "Mañana" at the end of the episode, after playing poker all night (and losing).
  • In the Seinfeld episode "The Blood", Kramer and Newman listen to jazz organist Jackie Davis' instrumental version of the song while making sausages in Jerry's apartment.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research.

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Preceded by
"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" by Art Mooney
U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores number-one single
March 13–May 8, 1948 (Peggy Lee)
Succeeded by
"Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole