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Los Laureles
Traditional Spanish Song Lyrics with English Translation

This song is available on La Familia Peña-Govea's 
"Las Mañanitas: Latino Folk Songs"

Spanish Lyrics:

Ay, qué laureles tan verdes!
¡Qué flores tan encendidas!
Si piensas abandonarme,
mejor quitame la vida.
Alza los ojos a verme
si no estás comprometida

Eres mata de algodón
que vives en el capullo.
Ay, qué tristeza me da
cuando te llenas de orgullo
de ver a mi corazón
enredado con el tuyo.

Eres rosa de Castilla
que sólo en mayo se ve.
Quisiera hacerte un invite
pero la verdad no sé.
Si tienes quien te lo evite,
mejor me separaré.

Eres mata de algodón....etc.

¡Ay, qué laureles tan verdes …etc.

Ay, les va la despedida
chinita por tus quereres.
La perdición de los hombres
son las benditas mujeres.
Aquí se acaban cantando
los versos de los laureles.

English Translation

Los Laureles
(Public Domain)

Oh, what green laurel trees!
What flaming flowers!
If you are thinking of leaving me
Better to take away my life.
Raise your eyes to look at me
If you’re not promised to someone else.

Your are a little sprout of cotton
That lives in the bud,
How sad it makes me
When you get full of pride
To see my heart
Tied up with yours,

You are a rose of Castille,
That’s only seen in May,
I’d like to make you an invitation,
But, really, I don’t know,
If you have someone to prevent it,
Better that I leave.

You are a little sprout of cotton, etc.

Oh, what green laurel trees!…etc.
Oh, here is the farewell,

Chinita of my love,
The downfall of men
Are the blessed women,
Here’s where we stop singing
The verses of the laurel trees.

Spanish lyrics, sound clip and English translation provided by La Familia Peña-Govea.

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