La golondrina

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"La golondrina"
English title"The Swallow"
Songwriter(s)Narciso Serradel Sevilla

"La golondrina" (English: "The Swallow") is a song written in 1862 by Mexican physician Narciso Serradell Sevilla (1843-1910), who at the time was exiled to France due to the French intervention in Mexico. The Spanish lyrics uses the image of a migrating swallow to evoke sentiments of longing for the homeland. It became the signature song of the exiled Mexicans. The song was recorded in 1906[1] by Señor Francisco.[2][3] A guitar instrumental was recorded by Chet Atkins in 1955. The song has also been recorded by Caterina Valente (1959), Nat King Cole (1962), Plácido Domingo (1984), Flaco Jiménez (1992, instrumental), and Caetano Veloso (1994).[4]

Felice & Boudleaux Bryant wrote lyrics in English, as "She Wears My Ring", which was first recorded by Jimmy Sweeney (also known as Jimmy Bell) in 1960 with notable cover versions by Roy Orbison (1962), Ray Price and Solomon King (both 1968), and Elvis Presley (1973).[4]

The song figures prominently in the 1969 film The Wild Bunch, directed by Sam Peckinpah and scored by Jerry Fielding. The local people serenade the bandit protagonists with it as they leave Angel's Mexican village.

The song, recorded by 13-year-old Heintje, became a German number-one hit in August 1968 (title: Du sollst nicht weinen, "Thou shalt not cry"). In June 1970, the 9-year-old Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland became a famed child singer with a recording[5] in Swedish (Mitt sommarlov, "My summer break") that topped the Swedish chart Svensktoppen for seven weeks[6] as well as the Norwegian singles chart for three weeks.[7]


  1. ^ La golondrina (mp3)
  2. ^ "Recordings by 'Senor Francisco'". The Online 78 rpm Discographical Project. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Låtar du trodde var svenska - Mitt sommarlov - La golondrina". Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "La Golondrina". Archived from the original on 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  5. ^ "En sån dag". Svensk mediedatabas. 1970. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Svensktoppen - 1970". Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  7. ^ "En sån dag". Norwegiancharts. 1970. Retrieved 12 May 2011.