De Colores

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"De Colores" is a popular folk-song, believed to have originated in Spain several hundred years ago. It is usually sung in Spanish. It was popularized during the immigrant worker movements of the early 20th century, demanding fair work conditions.[1]

It is the unofficial anthem of the United Farm Workers of America founded by Cesar Chavez. When singing this song, singers often hold hands and sway.

It became popular in the 1980's among liberals and Communists in Central and South America in the liberation theology movement.

Lyrics

Of colors, colors
the fields in the spring get dressed.
Of colors, colors
they are the pajarillos that come from outside.
Of colors, colors
it is the rainbow that we see shine.
And for that reason the great loves
of many colors, they (the colors) please me.
And for that reason the great loves
of many colors, they (the colors) please me.
The rooster sings, sings the rooster
with kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri, kiri.
The hen, the hen
with kara, kara, kara, kara, kara.
The chicks, the chicks
with pio, pio, pio, pio, pi.
And for that reason the great loves
of many colors, they (the colors) please me.
And for that reason the great loves
of many colors, they (the colors) please me.
Of colors, colors
in colors brilliant and fine is clothed the dawn.
Of colors, colors
They are the thousand reflections that the altresora sun.
Of colors, colors
the diamond gets dressed that we see shine.
And for that reason the great loves
of many colors, they (the colors) please me.
And for that reason the great loves
of many colors, they (the colors) please me.

References

  1. http://folkmusic.about.com/od/news/qt/ImmigrantSongs.htm
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