La Bamba
Flaco Jimenez Lyrics


Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Ay, arriba arriba
Por ti sere, por ti sere, por ti sere

Yo no soy marinero
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitan
Soy capitan, soy capitan
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba, bam

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba

Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necessita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba
Ay, arriba arriba
Por ti sere, por ti sere, por ti sere

Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
FADES-
Bamba, bamba.

English translation:

In order to dance The Bamba
In order to dance the Bamba
You need a little bit of grace
A little bit of grace
For me, for you, ah up, ah up(or higher and higher)
Ah, up, up (literally "faster, faster")
By you I will be, by you I will be, by you I will be
(Por can also mean by and not just for)

I am not a sailor,
I am not a sailor, I am a captain
I am a captain, I am a captain
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba, bam

In order To dance The Bamba
In order To dance The Bamba
You need a little bit of grace
A little bit of grace
For me, for you, ah up, ah up (higher and higher)

(Guitar only - Richie and set of instruments)

In order to dance The Bamba
In order to dance The Bamba
You need a little bit of grace
A little bit of grace
For me, for you, ah up, ah up
Ah, up, up.
For you I will be, for you I will be, for you I will be
Bamba, bamba
Bamba, bamba
FADES-
Bamba, bamba.

(Repeats)

Contributed by Abigail J. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

Larry Lund

All that polyester on stage, it's amazing they didn't burst into flames. Love Flaco!

Kenny Bluet

That is funny.

VTV SD

I grew up in San Antonio.  Seen Flaco many times throughout my childhood.  Many times.  One night, my brothers and I woke to "Las Mananitas" a couple of houses down the block.  There was Flaco, doing a mother's day seranade for somebody's mom.  That was a long time ago and I haven't been back there since my late teens.  Gonna have to take a trip to good ol' San Antonio one of these days.

Frances Castillo

@Adrian RR : No, it was for Mother's Day on this occasion, but the song can also be for birthdays.

Adrian RR

That's wild! Was he serenading someone for their birthday?

evelyn chingan

I was still single was popular....now I am 'granny' with 2 adorable grand daughters..thanks for uploading.....

Boviss1

I met Flaco once, in a bar in Leith (Edinburgh ) on a Saturday night. I'd been a huge fan of his work with RC. There was a three piece band playing, a girl fiddle player who was on fire. And he is just sipping his cerveza. I said..... Ummm Mr Jiminez? And he said... Yes. I said I'm a big fan. He said - are you coming to the show? I said Ummmm I dunno! ( I didn't know there was one) and he shook my hand and turned his attention back to the musicians who were starting up again. And I walked away.
And that was it.
When I was really young, maybe fifteen, I was in a bar ( I was a big kid) and the session man I was having a pint with said to me - there's the great Roy Buchanan, he's in here every night.
And there's this scruffy guy with a beard propping up the bar, he's wearing a coat and looks completely haunted/ drunk. I assumed later, when I heard that he had died that he was just another Scottish musician who poured his life into a whisky bottle.
I was Amazed to discover that he was American ( much later). He was probably in Edinburgh on some personal/ holiday time - lord knows. But he was in Sandy Bells Bar in Edinburgh - and I went there to hear the music at weekends - every time I got there. I didn't know he was a musical genius - and Robbie Robertsons mentor. Anyways. I've remembered saying hello to Flaco for 30 years. Strange to think.

David Stojke

I love Roy...RIP....

David Maddaford

Thanks for sharing your memories. Flaco comes across as a really pleasant guy.

david janson

hi my bar story was set in manchester uk in the early eighties at the band on the wall we arrived early and there was only one other guy at the bar i said hello ,sat down for a chat with my friend, then about an hour later the mc said would you welcome bert jansch to the stage,i had never seen his face but knew his records well enough to buy a ticket ,you know who got up.

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