Friday Canción: Ojalá que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra

It’s almost the weekend.

How about some music to get your feet tapping?  I’ve got a Friday Song for you…

La canción de viernes: Ojalá que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra

This well-known song by Juan Luis Guerra showcases the Dominican Republic’s upbeat merengue and lilting bachata, for which Guerra’s music is praised.  The lyrics of the song are a beautiful prayer for a reprieve from poverty.  God willing, the poor will have, at least, what they need to stave off hunger, even if only coffee to fill their bellies.

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Spanish Class

On a language note, this song is often used in intermediate classes to showcase the subjunctive, as influenced by the the use of the wishful “ojalá“.

The subjunctive mood is used to express doubt.  In this context, the singer is expressing his hope/ his prayer that his people will be fed.  Unfortunately, it is not a certainty.

Conjugation of llover (to rain) in the present tense.  Note the stem change from ‘o’ to ‘ue’

  • yo        lluevo
  • tú         llueves
  • él / Ud. llueve
  • nosotros          llovemos
  • vosotros          llovéis
  • ellos / Uds.      llueven

Conjugation of llover in the subjunctive

  • yo        llueva
  • tú         lluevas
  • él / Ud. llueva
  • nosotros          llovamos
  • vosotros          llováis
  • ellos / Uds.      lluevan

 

The subjunctive is a hefty lesson on its own with several rules and exceptions.  It’s the stuff of lengthy discussions. But that’s a lesson for another time!

What music are you listening to this Friday?

 

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17 thoughts on “Friday Canción: Ojalá que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra

  1. 😎Ryan was listening to something I can’t even repeat this morning.. 🤣 his music interests never matured past puberty! And I’ve been on an audio book kick, no music for me lately. 🤓 But I am excited for an outdoor concert we’re going to in 2 weeks.. Michael Franti. 🎶 Happy Friday to YOU!☀️

    1. Hahaha… Well… if you heard the english translations of some of the popular Spanish music right now… LOL
      I hope you enjoy the concert… this weekend now?

      This message was also in my spam! WP!!!

  2. I hope it’ll rain coffee every day! Thanks for sharing this delightful song!

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