Sunday, May 10, 2009

as Mananitas Con Mariachi

Is you're looking for something to serenade your mom with this
morning. Look no further. "Las Mañanitas" con mariachi is a tradition
from Mexico everyone can appreciate. But what's the story behind the

"Las Mañanitas" is the traditional birthday and Mother's Day song in
Mexico and, according to Wikipedia, many other Latin American
countries. (We can only vouch for Mexico at the time of this writing.)
It is often used to wake the guest of honor early in the morning as
the lyrics are about waking up and celebrating the day you were born:

Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
A las madrecitas lindas
Te las cantamos así

Despierta, mi bien, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.

Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.


This is the morning song that King David sang
To the beautiful mothers, we sing it this way.
Wake up, my dear, wake up, look it is already dawn
The birds are already singing and the moon has set

How lovely is the morning in which I come to greet you
We all came with joy and pleasure to congratulate you
The morning is coming now, the sun is giving us its light
Get up in the morning, look it is already dawn

Aw. It is, without a doubt, way more awesome than the American
birthday song. Especially if you are lucky enough to have a mariachi
troupe or trio to serenade you. If not, fear not. We have a few
recorded versions here you can play for your mom.

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