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En eso llegó Fidel
"and then Fidel arrived"
Carlos Puebla (Cuba), Guaracha (song style)

Notes

This is a song which describes the reasons for the Cuban revolution (1957) from a Cuban revolutionary perspective. Fidel Castro continues to have strong support inside Cuba, even though economic problems in the island in the last 10 years have made a lot of people yearn for some changes.

Lyrics/letras

Aquí pensaban seguir
ganando el ciento por cierto
con casas de apartamentos
y echar al pueblo a sufrir
y seguir de modo cruel
contra el pueblo conspirando
para seguirlo explotando
y en esto llegó Fidel.

Coda:
Y se acabó la diversión,
llegó el comandante y mandó a parar.
(bis)

Aquí pensaban seguir
tragando y tragando tierra
sin sospechar que en la sierra
se alumbraba el porvenir
y seguir de modo cruel
la costumbre del delito
hacer de Cuba un garito
y en eso llegó Fidel

Aquí pensaban seguir
diciendo que los cuatreros,
forajidos, bandoleros
asolaban al país
Y seguir de modo cruel
con la infamia por escudo
difamando a los barbudos,
y en eso llegó Fidel.

Aquí pensaban seguir
jugando a la democracia
y el pueblo que en su desgracia
se acabara de morir
Y seguir de modo cruel
sin cuidarse ni la forma,
con el robo como norma,
y en eso llegó Fidel.

They were planning to stay on here
earning 100% (on their investments)
with apartment houses and the like
while the people suffered
and to continue in a cruel manner
conspiring against the people
to stay on exploiting it
and then Fidel arrived


And that was the end of the party
the commander arrived and ordered (all that) to stop

They were planning to stay on here,
taking in more and more land
without suspecting that in the mountains
the future was lightning up
and to continue in a cruel manner
the custom of crime
to turn Cuba into a gambling den
and then Fidel arrived.

They were planning to stay on here
saying that cattle thieves,
outlaws, highwaymen,
were destroying the country,
and to continue in a cruel way
with infamy as their shield
defaming the bearded ones,
and that's when Fidel arrived.

They were planning to stay on here
playing democracy
and the people in its misery
was to end up their days
and to continue in a cruel way
without even bothering with appearances
with theft as their norm,
and that's when Fidel arrived.

Last updated: October 13, 1998