Friday, 12 October 2007

Hasta Siempre - Comandante Che Guevara

Hasta Siempre is a 1965 song by Cuban composer Carlos Puebla. The song's lyrics is a reply to Che Guevara's Farewell Letter, at the moment he left Cuba.

The lyrics recount key moments of the Cuban Revolution, glorifying Che Guevara and his role as a revolutionary commandant.

The title means always faithful or until always in Spanish.

We learned to love you
from the heights of history
with the sun of your bravery
you laid siege to death


The deep (or beloved) transparency of your presence
became clear here
Commandante Che Guevara

Your glorious and strong hand
fires at history
when all of Santa Clara
awakens to see you


You come burning the winds
with spring suns
to plant the flag
with the light of your smile


Your revolutionary love
leads you to a new undertaking
where they are awaiting the firmness
of your liberating arm


We will carry on
as we did along with you
and with Fidel we say to you:
Until Always, Commandante!