17. La Luna

An All Around This World classroom and homeschool lesson from South America -- "La Luna" -- Spanish song about the moonThis is a Spanish song about the moon found in several parts of Latin America that accompanies a game during which all the kids dance in a circle around one child who stands in the middle. When the lyrics of the song reach, “Ay ay ay!” the circling children scream “Ay ay ay!” into the ear of the child in the middle. The original lyrics of this song include references to the Spanish region of Catalonia, Catalonian soldiers and the Spanish king, all of which may possibly be a reference to the War of Spanish Succession (1701-1714)? The words in the All Around This World version of this Spanish song about the moon are more poetic: “I’d like to be the moon way up high high high…. I’d like to be a dove so I could fly fly fly….”

Country: (many)
Language: Spanish
Genre on CD: Plena
Instruments on CD: Bass, Drum kit, Hand percussion, Trombone, Trumpet


Quisiera ser tan alto como la luna,
Ay-ay-ay! Como la luna
Quisiera ser paloma y poder volar,
Ay-ay-ay! y poder volar

I’d like to be as the moon way up high, high, high,
Ay-ay-ay! way up high, high, high.
I’d like to be a dove so I could fly fly fly,
Ay-ay-ay! I could fly fly fly


Why the heck didn’t Al Around This World get this guy to record La Luna on our CD?

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Vocals: Tony Perez
Bass: Rob Hagopian
Piano/Keyboard: John Stengel
Trombone: James Negron

Trumpet: Nelson Miranda
Drums/percussion: Francois Zayas
Additional percussion and engineering: Arturo Stable
Engineering and co-production of drums, keyboards and bass by Mark Wolfe at AudioMind.

Vocals and horns engineered by Erich Miller

Original is "High as the Moon" © Alpha Film Music on behalf of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, translation and arrangement of "High as the Moon" by Jay Sand with permission, Instrumental arrangement by Arturo Stable
Listen to an original version on the Smithsonian Folkways release, Latin American Folk Songs: Sung in Spanish by Chago Rodrigo

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