Sheet Music: Cielito Lindo

TitleCielito Lindo
Alternate titlesYou, Me, and Us
ComposerQuirino Mendoza y Cortés (1862–1957)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature3/4
Tempo180 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-04-16
Last updated2010-04-16
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Friday 16 April 2010

Tune of the Day: Cielito Lindo

Popular Mexican song

If you think you don't know this tune, wait till you hear the refrain. You will instantly recognize it:

Ay, ay, ay, ay,
Canta y no llores,
Porque cantando se alegran,
Cielito lindo, los corazones.

Which roughly means: Sing and don't cry, heavenly one, for singing gladdens the heart. “Cielo” literally means “sky” or “heaven”, but it is also a term of endearment comparable to “sweetheart”. Thus “Cielito” would be "sweetie". “Lindo” means “beautiful”.

This popular Mexican song was written in 1882 by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés. Commonly played by mariachi bands, it has been recorded by many famous artists, that range from Pavarotti to Pedro Infante (in the famous film Los Tres García).

The melody was also used as the basis for a popular English-language song, "You, Me, and Us," which became a hit for Alma Cogan in the UK in 1957.