Song Lyric Sunday 3rd May

Jim has given us the theme of Burrito/Fajita/Mexican/Tequila this week
https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/64726988/posts/2686379173
I have to admit I was stumped and digging around on the internet came up with this:

‘La Bamba’

This is one of the most famous Mexican folk songs in history. Its title relates to a traditional wedding dance from Veracruz, Mexico. In spite of this origin, “La Bamba” became a worldwide sensation with the rock ‘n’ roll version recorded in 1958 by the legendary Mexican-American singer Ritchie Valens. In 1987, the popular band Los Lobos recorded the most well-known version of this song for the movie “La Bamba.” It went to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart that year, staying there for three weeks of its 21-week chart run. The soundtrack to the movie went double platinum. Valenz’s recording just hit No. 22 in 1959. (source liveabout.com)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YicJPLT1dWU

It was one of the first US hits to be sung entirely in Spanish, as well as one of the first to successfully blend traditional Latin-American music with rock. This makes it often considered the first Latin rock song.

The title has no literal translation. The closest associated word is “Bambolear” which means to swing.

Lyrics and above narrative courtesy of genius.com

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Pa’ mi, pa’ ti, y arriba, y arriba
Y arriba y arriba
Por ti seré, por ti seré, por ti seré

Yo no soy marinero
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán
Soy capitán, soy capitán
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba, bam

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Pa’ mi, pa’ ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Y arriba y arriba
Por ti seré, por ti seré, por ti seré

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 3rd May

  1. Nathi says:

    Thank you for your post and the music which I enjoyed very much!

  2. This is the very first song I learned in Spanish! LOL! Still a favorite! Thanks for the memories! 🙂

  3. Great choice Di, and it was fun to hear this song again.

  4. aisasami says:

    This was one of those commercial songs of the 90s and early 00s, you heard it everywhere. But it such a classic!

  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Great singer, song, and movie. So tragic that he was gone too soon.

  6. Lisa Coleman says:

    I got my hula hoop out while listening to the video. It is on my playlist for my workout which I’ve already done today, but I couldn’t help it! Great choice!!!

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