Pete Seeger: Guantanamera

Since there’s this new documentary about Pete Seeger opening (see previous post), I thought I’d post this more recent, rather fun appearance by Pete and his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger. I have more Pete Seeger posts, too.

Guantanamera

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas
Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas
Y antes de morirme quiero
Echar mis versos del alma

Guantanamera
Guajira Guantanamera
Guantanamera
Guajira Guantanamera

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmin encendido
Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmin encendido
Mi verso es un ciervo herido
Que busca en el monte amparo

Cultivo la rosa blanca
En junio como en enero
Qultivo la rosa blanca
En junio como en enero
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca

Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazon con que vivo
Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazon con que vivo
Cardo ni ortiga cultivo
Cultivo la rosa blanca

Con los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
Con los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
El arroyo de la sierra
Me complace mas que el mar

Translation:

I am a truthful man from this land of palm trees
Before dying I want to share these poems of my soul
My verses are light green
But they are also flaming red

I cultivate a rose in June and in January
For the sincere friend who gives me his hand
And for the cruel one who would tear out this
heart with which I live
I do not cultivate thistles nor nettles
I cultivate a white rose

With the poor people of the world, I want to share my fate.
The streams of the mountains please me more than the sea.


Original music by Jose Fernandez Diaz

Music adaptation by Pete Seeger & Julian Orbon

Lyric adaptation by Julian Orbon, based on a poem by Jose Marti
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~ by lolarusa on September 25, 2007.

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