Friday Canción: A Dios Le Pido by Juanes

Happy Friday!

Are you ready for some more groovy Latin music to get your feet moving?  I’ve got a Friday Song for you.

La canción de viernes: A Dios Le Pido by Juanes

Lyrics/ Letras

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You can listen and view the lyrics in this video.  Maybe sing along?

David Mendez

A Short History Lesson

In an interview with NPR in 2012, Juanes talked a little about the inspiration behind writing A Dios Le Pido.

When I was a little kid, I always meditate, or I used to pray every morning, every night. I just asked to God to protect my family and my country, the people I love, you know, simple things, but very, very, very deep at the same time. And it’s like a song that I wrote thinking the beauty of life.

Juanes is also a social activist in Colombia, the country of his birth.  He set up a foundation, Mi Sangre (My Blood) which has been working towards the eradication of landmines in Colombia.  The foundation also addresses advancing peace resolutions in conflict zones and raising awareness about AIDS.

Colombia was wracked by civil war throughout much of its post-independence history.  Conflicts between Conservative and Liberal parties reached a peak during the La Violencia period (1948-58).  With the emergence of the FARC in the 1960s tensions rose and conflict escalated between left-wing guerilla groups, right-wing paramilitary groups and the Colombian government.  Landmines were a frequently used defensive and offensive device for the guerilla groups (and paramilitary groups) seeking to protect their claimed territory.  Thousands of innocent civilians, however, have fallen victim to these hidden ‘sleeping’ weapons.  An estimated 800,000 Colombian civilians are at risk of stepping on a landmine as they walk to their fields, to school or to market.  Groups like Mi Sangre are instrumental in the national efforts to remove landmines and protect civilians.

Spanish Lesson on the Subjunctive

In terms of using this song for a listening exercise, I find it would be more suited to a higher level Spanish student.  The lyrics are not overly clear to an untrained ear and in some parts the lyrics are sung quite quickly.  However, I do like this song for it use of the subjunctive.  Juanes pointed out that this song is like a prayer.  He is asking for love, peace and protection.  These are not guarantees but hopes.  The perfect environment in which the subjunctive mood thrives.

The subjunctive mood is used to talk about desires, doubts, wishes, conjectures, and possibilities; things that are subjective not certain.

Grammar Exercise: Identifying the Subjunctive

Look at the lyrics from A Dios Le Pido. Can you pick out where the subjunctive occurs? Try it.

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If you think you’ve selected all the subjunctives, check your answers against the answer sheet.

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How’d you do?

Hope you enjoyed today’s song and class.

¡Ojalá¡ que tengan un buen fin de semana!  Have a good weekend!

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16 thoughts on “Friday Canción: A Dios Le Pido by Juanes

    1. Glad you enjoyed. It is a very uplifting on. Very hard to sing a long with, even with the lyrics though… it’s so fast!

  1. I think I enjoyed reading the story behind the song more than the song itself, but thanks for sharing. I always look forward to Fridays on Over the Andes! I got 5 subjunctives right. 😁

    1. It’s a different music style from the others I’ve used so far. Lol.
      5 is good! Especially as you love your French far more 😉

      1. Hahaha! I recently told my sister of your blog. I told her that it’s because of you, I am starting to gain a new interest in Spanish. 💙

      2. Awww. You are so sweet! I’m glad these posts are kindling an new interest in Spanish for you. When I was in school I actually preferred French, but in my last year we got this amazing Spanish teacher who pulled my love towards that language even more.

      3. You were lucky to have an amazing Spanish teacher! Although when I was in school, my first love was French (still is!). I wanted to learn Spanish, but the teacher was so lazy and unenthusiastic that it turned me off from actually wanting to learn.

      4. I know what you mean. Students have to want to learn but a good teacher just lights a fire that nothing can out. And a bad one… well…..

  2. A complete novice at Spanish, but I could get the mood of this and enjoyed the story behind the song. Thank you.

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