Yeguas River, Sierra Morena, Spain

Sierra de Morones, Mexico

Sierra de Morones
Rio yeguas



Preview page - Malé Music

Cielito Lindo is a traditional  Mexican song written by Quirino Mendoza y Cortes. This was in 1882 so the song and lyrics will now be Public Domain. Cielito Lindo is often performed fast but this cover is at a nice and steady tempo. It is at quite a low pitch, very suitable for young singers! The guitarist plays repeated chord patterns - simple, sophisticated and very lovely! The song usually has several verses but this is a delightfully simple version with only two verses and chorus.

Lyrics and translations are similar to those available on Wikipedia.

De la Sierra Morena

cielito lindo, vienen bajando,

Un par de ojitos negros,

cielito lindo, de contrabando.

From the Sierra Morena,

Sweet little heaven, is prancing down

A pair of little black eyes,

Sweet little heaven, is sneaking by.

Ese lunar que tienes,

Cielito lindo, junto a la boca,

No se lo des a nadie,

cielito lindo, que a mí me toca.

That beauty mark that you have

Sweet little heaven, beside your mouth,

Do not give it to anyone,

Sweet little heaven, for it is mine.

Ay, ay, ay, ay,

Canta y no llores,

Porque cantando se alegran,

cielito lindo, los corazones.

Ay, ay, ay, ay,

Sing, don't cry,

Because singing makes rejoice,

Sweet little heaven, our hearts.

Mikel Astigarraga has prepared Slideshare presentations that feature easy notation of Spanish songs. Scroll down for Cielito Lindo keyboard / simple piano score arrangement, available as download.


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Cielito lindo from Mikel Astigarraga
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