FRIDAY CANCIÓN: Oye Mi Canto By Gloria Estefan

Hola mis amigos.  ¡Es viernes!

Welcome to today’s Friday Canción.  Today’s song is throwback song by the very famous and well-loved Gloria Estefan, Oye Mi Canto.  Earlier this week I was in my car and heard Conga come on.  A conga is a human Cuban drum; the word can also refer to a kind of dance or a Cuban carnival.  Gloria Estefan credits that song with paving the way for her being able to successfully share more Spanish language music with the world.  Songs like Mi Tierra, on the album of the same name,  delve into the culture and identity of being Cuban, of being Latino.

Oye Mi Canto is almost as well-known as Conga and was recorded in both English and Spanish.  They were released in 1989.  I’ve included both videos and sets of lyrics in today’s post.

 

Oye Mi Canto

Libre… libre para expresar

Lo que siento en el corazón

No tengo que callar

Tienes… esa libertad también

Que es difícil de compartir

Y tú lo sabes bien

Hay que buscar la solución

En vez de decir adiós

Alguien tiene que escuchar

Oye este canto que ya va a empezar

Pronto los años pasarán

Y no quiero un día despertar

Y ver que es tarde ya

Algo… algo tiene que pasar

Si miramos alrededor

Está por comenzar

Hablamos de amor… palabra común

Y no lo ofrecemos nunca

Alguien tiene que escuchar

Oye este canto que ya va a empezar

Alguien tiene que escuchar

Oye este canto que ya va a empezar

Oye mi canto

Oye mi canto

Oye mi canto

Creo en el amor pero sin condiciones

Oye mi canto

Y en ayudarnos sin tener otras razones

Oye mi canto

Los celos y el odio son ya tradiciones

Oye mi canto

Hay que dejarlas atrás

No buscar explicaciones

Oye mi canto

Oye mi canto…

Hear My Voice

Take me only for what I am
You’ve got a right to speak your mind
You’ve gotta take the stand

No one has the right to say
This is right or that is wrong
It isn’t just one way

Find common ground, go in between
Things aren’t always what they seem

Someday it’ll be alright
Changes happen overnight

People, let’s give each other room
If we’re gonna work it out
We better make it soon

Love is, love is such a common word
When it’s pride we mistake for love
Isn’t that absurd

Why always take
The upper hand
It’s better to understand

Someday it’ll be alright
Changes happen overnight

Someday it’ll be alright
Changes happen overnight

I believe in love but with no conditions (oye mi canto)
And giving in sometimes
Doesn’t make it submission (oye mi canto)
Hate is so common it’s almost tradition (oye mi canto)
Come on let’s leave it behind
And make that transition

Oye oye oye oye mi canto (oye mi canto)
Oyé lo oyé lo (oye mi canto)
Me tienes que oír, oye mi canto (oye mi canto)
Oyé lo oye mi canto (oye mi canto)
(Oye mi canto)
Oye mi canción es de corazón (oye mi canto)
(Oye mi canto) oye oye mi canto

 

There are some longer verses in the English version but the spirit is the same. Let’s find a way for love to triumph.

 

On that note, I wish you a happy weekend! ¡Buen fin de semana!

 

 

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I’m a Latin American Studies teacher, teaching Latin American History and Politics and Basic Spanish. I love reading, writing, teaching and travelling. 

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