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Thread #9765   Message #2951973
Posted By: GUEST
25-Jul-10 - 02:46 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Las Mananitas (Mexican birthday song)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Las Mananitas (Mexican wedding song)
I've never heard it for weddings, only birthdays or Mother's Day (even in the Tex-Mex border area.)

Anyone know of different versions used in other countries? I learned it from a Costa Rican professor, and the version I learned is very similar to those above, but more secular (no mention of santos) and for a group of singers - good for birthdays or mariachis. The version I know differs just enough that if I sing with people who know the Mexican version, I'm off every third line or so. Second to last verse, you use the birthday girl/guy's name followed by "-ito" for guys or "-ita" for girls.

Estas son las maņanitas
Que cantaba el rey david
Pero no eran tan bonitas
Que las cantamos aqui

Despierta mi bien despierta
Mira que ya amanecio
Ya los pajaritos cantan, la luna ya se metiķ

Que linda esta la manana
En que vengo a saludarte
Venimos todos unidos
Con gusto a felicitarte

El dia en que tu naciste
Nacieron todas la flores
Por eso es que te llamaron
[nombre]-ito/a de mis amores

Ya viene amaneciendo,
Ya la luz del dia nos vio
levantate de maņana,
Mira que ya amaneciķ.