Third Grade Spanish has been practicing the popular song “Cielito Lindo” that they sang at Flag this morning. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:
“Cielito lindo” is a popular Mexican song from a Spanish copla, popularized in 1882 by Mexican author Quirino Mendoza y Cortés (c. 1859–1957). It is roughly translated as “Lovely Sweet One.” Although the word cielo means “sky” or “heaven,” it is also a term of endearment comparable to sweetheart or honey. Cielito, the diminutive, can be translated as “sweetie;” lindo means “cute,” “lovely” or “pretty.” Sometimes the song is known by words from the refrain, “Canta y no llores” or simply the “Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay song.
Commonly played by mariachi bands, it has been recorded by many artists in the original Spanish as well as in English and other languages. It is debated if the song talks about the Sierra Morena, a mountain range in the south region of Spain, or the similarly named Sierra Morones in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. It has become a non-official symbol of Mexico, especially in Mexican expatriate communities around the world, or for Mexicans attending international events such as the Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup.
It has been sung by a plethora of artists, such as Tito Guizar, Pedro Infante, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Eartha Kitt, and Ana Gabriel. It was part of the iconic Mexican movie “Los Tres Garcia.”