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LA BAMBA LYRICS

     Hundreds of years before it hit the Top 40 with Los Lobos, “La Bamba” was being sung and played in the Mexican Gulf part of Veracruz. The music reflects Caribbean and African influences and the lyrics mention aspects of Veracruz; colorful history as Mexico’s principal port of entry and of invasion.

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Baila   bamba    
BYE-lah   BAHM-bah    
dance the bamba      
para   bailar   la bamba
PAH-rah bye-LAHR lah BAHM-bah
in order to dance the bamba    
una   poca   de gracia
OO-nah POH-kah day GRAH-sya
a little bit of grace          
ay arriba  
y
arriba      
I ah-RREE-bah
ee
ah-RREE-bah    
ah higher and higher          
para   bailar   la bamba    
PAH-rah
bye-LAHR
lah BAHM-bah    
in order to dance the bamba        
se necesita   una poca de gracia
say
neh-seh-SEE-tah
OO-nah POH-kah day GRAH-sya
a little bit of grace is needed        
una   poca   de gracia    
OO-nah
POH-kah
day GRAH-sya  
a little grace            
y otra  
cosita
       
ee OH-trah
koh-SEE-tah
     
and another little thing      
y arriba   y arriba    
ee ah-RREE-bah
ee
ah-RREE-bah  
and higher and higher        
ay arriba   y arriba    
I ah-RREE-bah
ee
ah-RREE-bah  
ah higher and higher        
arriba iré   arriba iré
ah-RREE-bah ee-RAY ah-RREE-bah ee-RAY
higher I will go, higher I will go    
arriba me   iré    
ah-RREE-bah may   ee-RAY    
higher I will take myself


     
baila bamba      
BYE-lah BAHM-bah      
dance the bamba        
para bailar   la bamba
PAH-rah bye-LAHR lah BAHM-bah
in order to dance the bamba    
una poca   de gracia  
OO-nah POH-kah day GRAH-sya
a little bit of grace        
ay arriba   y arriba    
I ah-RREE-bah
ee
ah-RREE-bah  
ah higher and higher      
yo no
soy
marinero
yo no
soy
mah-ree-NEH-roh
I am not a sailor      
yo no
soy
marinero
yo no
soy
mah-ree-NEH-roh
I am not a sailor      
por ti seré,   por ti seré
pohr tee
seh-RAY
pohr tee seh-RAY
for you I’ll be, for you I’ll be



para bailar     la bamba    
PAH-rah bye-LAHR lah BAHM-bah    
in order to dance the bamba  
se necesita   una   poca de gracia
say neh-seh-SEE-tah OO-nah POH-kah day GRAH-sya
a little bit of grace is needed        
ay arriba
y
arriba      
I ah-RREE-bah
ee
ah-RREE-bah    
ah higher and higher      
               
(repeats 2nd half of song, with some phrases from 1st half)  

La Bamba lyrics in Spanish and English, with pronunciation guide from Musical Spanish

 

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