Lyrics vary widely from performer to performer and every singer is free to add some new verse to his or her own interpretation. Some of the most traditional lyrics are the following:
|Spanish||Literal English translation||Metaphoric English translation|
De la Sierra Morena,
Ese lunar que tienes,
Si tu boquita, morena,
De tu casa a la mía,
Una flecha en el aire,
From the Sierra Morena,
That mole you have
If your little mouth, dark one,
From your house to mine
An arrow in the air
Through dark tresses, heavenly one,
That beauty mark you have
If your little mouth, my dark girl,
From your house to mine
Cupid shot off an arrow,
In the article "¡Hasta que me cayó el veinte!" Mr. Ortega Morán discusses the origins of the first verse of this song. His research discovered that in the early 17th century, armed bandits would take refuge in the Sierra Morena mountains of Spain and that people feared for their lives when they had to travel through the region. The words of the first verse of "Cielito Lindo" were found in a song from that era, hinting at that fear. But with time the meaning of the verse changed as people began romanticizing it. "Your face is the Sierra Morena. Your eyes are thieves who live there." The verse had other melodies put to it and variations on the lyrics. Mr. Quirino Mendoza, the composer, adapted the verse to his own melody and gave us the song we know today.
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