Cielito Lindo Lesson

Cielito Lindo

Learn the basic tune, lyrics and easy guitar chords for Cielito Lindo.
Read the English translation below the video clip.
Cielito Lindo is an old folksong in triple time (3 beats in the bar).
It is in the shape of a ‘Seguidilla’.
The tune lends itself to being sung to different words.
For example, how about beginning a verse with:
G
“Somos los estudiantes de
……………………….. D7
la clase de don/doña ……..”

What next? Be inventive, be nice, and make sure the words fit in with the tune …

Cielito Lindo means ‘pretty little sky‘, used as a lovely nickname for a beautiful girl in the song.

Lyrics + Guitar Chords:
Refrain:
G ………..  C
Ay, ay, ay, ay,
D7 ……….. G
Canta y no llores,
………………………  D7
Porque cantando se alegran,
………………………  G
Cielito Lindo, los corazones.

Verse 1
G
De la Sierra Morena,
………………………. D7
Cielito Lindo, vienen bajando,
un par de ojitos negros,
………………………… G
Cielito Lindo, de contrabando.

Verse 2
G
Ese lunar que tienes,
……………………….  D7
Cielito Lindo, junto a la boca,
No se lo des a nadie,
………………………… . G
Cielito Lindo, que a mí me toca.

Verse 3
G
Una flecha en el aire,
………………………. D7
Cielito Lindo, lanzó Cupido,

si la tiró jugando,
……………………………. G
Cielito Lindo, a mí me ha herido.
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English Translation
It is not a literal (word for word) translation.

Refrain:
Oh, oh, oh, oh,
Sing, don’t cry,
Because, Cielito Lindo,
singing cheers the heart.

Verse 1. Cielito Lindo, a pair of black highwayman’s eyes
is coming down the Morena mountain range.

Verse 2. Cielito Lindo, don’t give that mole next to your mouth to anybody else, it is mine!

Verse 3. Cielito Lindo, Cupid fired an arrow into the air.
Even if he fired it for fun, it has hurt me!

There are countless versions of Cielito Lindo online for ideas of how to liven up a performance and incorporate more sounds and instruments.

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Index to all resources:

French for Children
Spanish for Children

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