15. Las Mañanitas

An All Around This World classroom and homeschool lesson from Mexico -- "Las Mañanitas" -- A Spanish birthday song

“Las Mañanitas” is a well-known Spanish birthday song, usually sung to honor the birthday boy or girl before eating the cake (though it’s also sung on Christmas as well, presumably as a birthday song for Jesus). When sung at a birthday party, the “mi bien” in the original Spanish lyrics gives way to the name of the object of the song–“Despierta Maria, despierta, mira que ya amaneció.” All Around This World presents version of this Spanish birthday song mariachi-style, which is not an uncommon way to perform it.

Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Genre on CD: Huapango (Mariachi)
Instruments on CD Bass, Guitar, Violin


How beautiful is morning, we’re here to sing along
We all will sing together and we’ll start with this song
Wake up dear, wake up my darling, rub your eyes, it’s almost dawn
The little birds are singing and the nighttime has gone.

Qué linda esta mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
venimos todos con gusto, y placer a felicitarte
Despierta, mi bien, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.


Watch Mariachi Nuevo Jalisco perform Las Mañanitas

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Vocals: Giovanna Robinson
Violin: Eugen Kim

Guitar: Anthony DeCarlo

Engineered by Erich Miller

"Las Mañanitas" is traditional, English translation and arrangement by Jay Sand. Instrumental arrangement by Arturo Stable

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