Monday, February 2, 2009

¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

My brother Kevin turns 22 today - ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

Here in Mexico they don't sing our "Happy Birthday" song. Instead they sing "Las Mañanitas," which incidentally always makes it a little awkward when we find ourselves at a Mexican birthday party trying to sing along...

But here's the song.

Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
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.

Translation:

This is the morning song that King David sang
Because today is your saint's day we're singing it for you
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

This video gets a little crazy with the mariachis, but you get the idea...


And so, one more time...Happy Birthday! Wish we could be there...

1 comment:

From Michigan with Love said...

Mexico sounds so classy through your eyes! :-)