Pinwheel of Death

L. Wolfe Gilbert


SONGS

Writers L. Wolfe Gilbert, Eliseo Grenet

Genres Standard, Latin, Pop, Instrumental

Recorded 1931

Lyrics IN SLOPPY JOE'S
IN HAVANA
I LINGERED
QUENCHING MY THIRST,
I SAW A DANCER THERE,
THAT WAS REALLY WHERE
I SAW HER FIRST.
SUCH GRACEFUL BEAUTY
AND RHYTHM
HAD NEVER
COME TO MY SIGHT,
SHE MADE ME
WANT TO STAY,
DANCED MY HEART AWAY
MOST EVERY NIGHT.

OH MOMENEZ,
OH MOMENEZ,
THEY HUM AND STRUM
THAT LA RUMBA
FOR YOU.
OH MOMENEZ,
OH MOMENEZ,
THOUGH OTHERS COME,
THEIR LA RUMBA
WON'T DO.
WHEN I FIRST SAW
THIS SHEBANGO,
I FELL SO HARD
FOR THE TANGO,
BUT NOW
THIS BRAND NEW
FANDANGO
HAS GOT ME
LIKE NOTHING
GOT ME BEFORE.
OH MOMENEZ,
OH MOMENEZ,
NO CUBAN RUM
LIKE LA RUMBA
FOR ME.

OH MOMENEZ,
OH MOMENEZ,
I'M DEAF AND DUMB
WHEN LA RUMBA
I SEE.
OH MOMENEZ,
OH MOMENEZ,
MY LIMBS GET NUMB,
OH LA RUMBA
FOR ME.
HAWAIIANS DANCE
IN A CRUDE WAY,
THE AFRICANS
IN A LEWD WAY,
AND THOUGH
YOU DANCE
IN A NUDE WAY,
EVERYONE LOVES
YOUR WONDERFUL
STYLE.
OH MOMENEZ,
OH MOMENEZ,
I'M BLUE AND GLUM,
DANCE LA RUMBA
FOR ME.

(Spanish lyric):
A QUIESTANTO
DOS LAS NEGROS,
QUE VENIMOS
A ROGAR.
QUE NOS CONCE
DAN PERMI
SO PARA CANTAR
Y BAILAR.
YO TABA
CASA MADRINA,
QUE A YER
ME MANDO
A BUSCAR.
QUE DEL SOLAR
DE LA ESQUI
NA NE
LLA VI VE EN
EL MANGLAR!

AY! MAMA YNEZ,
AY! MAMA YNEZ,
TODOS LOS NEGROS
TOMAMOS CAFE.
AY! MAMA YNEZ,
AY! MAMA YNEZ,
TODOS LOS NEGROS
TOMAMOS CAFE.
NOS VAMOS
"PALA" SO LAS,
DONDE VA LANTO
NEGRITO,
A BAILAR
EL CANGREJITO
TAITICA
VAMO AL MANGLAR.
AY! MAMA YNEZ,
AY! MAMA YNEZ,
TODOS LOS NEGROS
TOMAMOS CAFE.

AY! MAMA YNEZ,
AY! MAMA YNEZ,
TODOS LOS NEGROS
TOMAMOS CAFE!
Writers L. Wolfe Gilbert, Ernesto Lecuona

Genres Standard, Latin, Classical

Recorded 2001

Lyrics verse:
MULATA INFELIZ,
TU VIDA ACABO.
DE RISA Y GUARACHAS
SE HA ROTO EL BONGO
QUE OFAS AYER
TEMBLANDO DE AMOR,
Y CON ILUSION
JUNTO A UN HOMBRE CRUEL.
SU AMOR YA SE FUE
DE MI CORAZON.
QUE HOY YA LE ABORRECE
PORQUE MI PASION
QUE HIRIO SU TRAICION
YA TAN SOLO ES.
SED DE VERLE AL FIN
TENDIDO A MIS PIES.

Chorus:
MARIA LA O,
YA NA MAS CANTAR.
MARIA LA O,
HORA ES DE LLORAR
Y DE RECORDAR
EL TIEMPO FELIZ
DE TUS BESOS
QUE FUGAZ YA VOLO.
MARIA LA O,
TODO SE ACABO.
MARIA LA O,
TU AMOR YA SE FUE
Y JAMAS EL VOLVERA.
MARIA LA O,
SUENA EN MORIR.

English Lyric
verse:
WRETCHED MULATA,
YOUR LIFE IS ENDED.
FROM LAUGHTER AND DANCE
YOU HAVE SPOILED THE SONG
THAT YOU HEARD YESTERDAY
THAT TOLD OF LOVE,
AND OF THE ILLUSION
OF YOUR BELOVED.
HIS LOVE IS GONE
FROM MY HEART.
NOW IT BORES ME
BECAUSE MY PASSION,
WHICH ENDED HIS FALSENESS,
HAS LEFT HIM ALL ALONE
I THIRST TO SEE HIM
DEAD AT MY FEET.

Chorus:
MARIA LA O,
THERE WILL BE NO MORE SONG.
MARIA LA O,
NOW IT IS TIME TO CRY,
AND TO REMEMBER
THE HAPPY MOMENTS
OF HIS TENDER KISSES
WHICH ARE ALL GONE NOW.
MARIA LA O,
EVERYTHING IS FINISHED.
MARIA LA O,
YOUR LOVE HAS LEFT YOU
AND WILL NEVER AGAIN RETURN,
MARIA LA O,
ALL THAT IS LEFT IS DEATH.
Writers L. Wolfe Gilbert, Ernesto Lecuona

Genres Standard, Latin, Classical

Recorded 1984

Lyrics verse:
MULATA INFELIZ,
TU VIDA ACABO.
DE RISA Y GUARACHAS
SE HA ROTO EL BONGO
QUE OFAS AYER
TEMBLANDO DE AMOR,
Y CON ILUSION
JUNTO A UN HOMBRE CRUEL.
SU AMOR YA SE FUE
DE MI CORAZON.
QUE HOY YA LE ABORRECE
PORQUE MI PASION
QUE HIRIO SU TRAICION
YA TAN SOLO ES.
SED DE VERLE AL FIN
TENDIDO A MIS PIES.

Chorus:
MARIA LA O,
YA NA MAS CANTAR.
MARIA LA O,
HORA ES DE LLORAR
Y DE RECORDAR
EL TIEMPO FELIZ
DE TUS BESOS
QUE FUGAZ YA VOLO.
MARIA LA O,
TODO SE ACABO.
MARIA LA O,
TU AMOR YA SE FUE
Y JAMAS EL VOLVERA.
MARIA LA O,
SUENA EN MORIR.

English Lyric
verse:
WRETCHED MULATA,
YOUR LIFE IS ENDED.
FROM LAUGHTER AND DANCE
YOU HAVE SPOILED THE SONG
THAT YOU HEARD YESTERDAY
THAT TOLD OF LOVE,
AND OF THE ILLUSION
OF YOUR BELOVED.
HIS LOVE IS GONE
FROM MY HEART.
NOW IT BORES ME
BECAUSE MY PASSION,
WHICH ENDED HIS FALSENESS,
HAS LEFT HIM ALL ALONE
I THIRST TO SEE HIM
DEAD AT MY FEET.

Chorus:
MARIA LA O,
THERE WILL BE NO MORE SONG.
MARIA LA O,
NOW IT IS TIME TO CRY,
AND TO REMEMBER
THE HAPPY MOMENTS
OF HIS TENDER KISSES
WHICH ARE ALL GONE NOW.
MARIA LA O,
EVERYTHING IS FINISHED.
MARIA LA O,
YOUR LOVE HAS LEFT YOU
AND WILL NEVER AGAIN RETURN,
MARIA LA O,
ALL THAT IS LEFT IS DEATH.
Writers L. Wolfe Gilbert, Moises Simons

Genres Standard, Latin, Pop

Recorded 1950

Lyrics ALL IN VAIN
I'VE BEEN DREAMING
OF A LOVE LIGHT
THAT'S BEAMING;
IN MY DREAMS
I CARESSED YOU,
IN MY ARMS
FONDLY PRESSED YOU.
NOW MY HOPING
IS ENDED,
IT WAS NEVER
INTENDED;
YOU'RE JUST
COQUETTING,
I'D BE FORGETTING,
BUT YOU
ARE NOT LETTING ME
DEAR...

MARTA,
RAMBLING ROSE
OF THE WILDWOOD,
MARTA,
WITH YOUR FRAGRANCE
DIVINE.
ROSEBUD
OF THE DAYS
OF MY CHILDHOOD,
WATCHED YOU BLOOM
IN THE WILDWOODS
AND I HOPED YOU'D BE MINE.
MARTA,
NOW YOUR EYES BEAM
AT TWILIGHT,
SPARKLING
LIKE EACH DEWDROP
AT DAWN;
MARTA,
WHEN I LOOK
FOR YOUR LOVELIGHT,
I AWAKE
WITH A SIGH
AND I FIND
YOU ARE GONE.

(Spanish lyric):
LINDA
LOR DE AL
BORANDA
QUE BROTAS
TE DEL SUELO;
CUANDO LA LUZ
DEL CIELO,
TU CAPULLO
BESABA;
DE LAS ROSAS
ENCANTO,
EL PEN SIL
TE A MA TANTO,
QUE YA LO CO
DE AMOR SIENTE
CELOS DEL AVE
DEL AIREI
DEL SOL...

MARTA,
CAPULLITO
DE ROSA,
MARTA,
DEL JARDIN
LINDA FLOR.
DI ME
I QUE FELIZ
MARIPOSA
EN TU CALIZ
SE POSA,
A LIBAR
TU DULZOR?
MARTA:
EN TUS CLARAS
PUPILAS.
BRILLA
UNA AURORA
DE AMOR.
MARTA:
ENTUS OJOS
AZULES,
DEINE FABLE
CANDOR
VEO ENELLOS
ADIOS.
Writers L. Wolfe Gilbert, Moises Simons, Marion Sunshine

Genres Standard, Latin, Jazz Standard, Instrumental, Food

Recorded 1956

Lyrics (English lyrics):

IN CUBA,
EACH MERRY MAID
WAKES UP
WITH THIS SERENADE:
PEANUTS!
THEY'RE NICE
AND HOT,
PEANUTS!
I SELL A LOT.
IF YOU HAVEN'T
GOT BANANAS,
DON'T BE BLUE,
FRESHLY ROASTED
TODAY!
IF YOU'RE LOOKING
FOR A MORAL
TO THIS SONG,
FIFTY MILLION
MONKEYS
CAN'T BE WRONG.

IN CUBA,
HIS SMILING FACE
IS WELCOME
MOST EV'RY PLACE.
PEANUTS!
THEY HEAR HIM CRY,
PEANUTS!
THEY ALL REPLY.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING
FOR AN EARLY MORNING
TREAT,
I EAT MORE
THAN I SELL!
IF AN APPLE
KEEPS THE DOCTOR
FROM YOUR DOOR,
PEANUTS
OUGHT TO KEEP HIM
FROM YOU EVERMORE.

PEANUTS!
WE'LL MEET AGAIN,
PEANUTS!
THIS STREET AGAIN,
PEANUTS!
YOU'LL EAT AGAIN,
YOUR PEANUT MAN,
THAT PEANUT MAN'S
GONE.