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Thread #9765   Message #1786872
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
18-Jul-06 - 10:57 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Las Mananitas (Mexican birthday song)
Subject: Lyr Add: LAS MAŅANITAS (Jalisco)
Lyr. Add: LAS MAñANITAS (Jalisco)
(Morning Song for birthday or saint's day)

El día en que tu naciste
Nacieron todas las flores.
El día en que tu naciste
Cantaron los ruseñores.

Ya viene amaneciendo,
Ya la luz del día nos vió
Despierta, amiga mía,
Mira que ya amaneció.

Quisiera ser solecito
Para entrar por tu ventana
Y darte los buenos días
Acostadito en tu cama.

Por la luna doy un peso,
Por el sol doy un tostón,
Por mi amiga Marianita*
La vida y el corazón.
*(the person's name)

De las estrellas del cielo
Quisiera bajarte dos,
Una para saludarte
Y otra pa (sic) decirte adiós.

The day when you were born
Were born all the flowers.
The day when you were born
The nightingales sang.

Now the dawn is coming,
Now the light of day has seen us
Awake my friend, (my beloved)
Look, it has dawned.

For the moon I'd give a peso
For the sun I'd give a half;
For my friend, Marianita*, (*person's name)
My life and my heart.

Of the stars from the heavens
I should like to take down two-
One with which to greet you
And another to say good-bye.

Coll. Concha Michel.
Frances Toor, "A Treasury of Mexican Folkways," pp. 446-447, with music.