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Mi Burrito Sabanero and Songs of the Season

Submitted by on December 9, 2011 – 1:43 pm13 Comments


Click the headline link to see the YouTube video of Mi Burrito Sabanero and hear the lyrics.

Bohemian Babushka BlogBy Bohemian Babushka

“Si-i-lent Night, Ho-o-ly Night. All is calm, All is bright…”

As a child I remember being enchanted and entranced by the haunting music of Silent Night. Not only was the melody so peaceful and calming, but the lyrics spoke of a dreamlike world, one that could only live in my imagination.

Silent? Calm? In a Cuban household? JU SO FONII!!!

Bueno, we did get the “bright” part of it right. OK, OK, si, I know, I found out years later that this song is also in Spanish; I didn’t know that and thought it must be a school-only song because it definitely didn’t reflect any Christmas I had ever known.

And how about White Christmas or the ever popular, Winter Wonderland? Niñita de Miami, I knew these had to be make-believe, kinda like Frosty the Snowman. Now, the Little Drummer Boy- at least that one had a drum in it and I could relate.

As an adult I, of course, enjoy a slew of holiday songs, with topics ranging from sleigh bells to the sentimental. However, my first Spanish Christmas song will always be my all-time favorite, Mi Burrito Sabanero.

The classic version of this song is the one we played in our fiestas Navideñas, and no one sat when this was on, everyone danced, young and old. ♫♪Tuqui, Tuqui, Tuqui, Tuqui, Tuqui, Tuqui, Tuqui, Tu ♫♪

Isn’t this the perfect Christmas song? It tells the story of Christ’s birth, es bailable, the voice of the little boy pulls at the heart strings, and it’s even a bit comical if you visualize it. The Little Drummer Boy done up Latin-Style. Come on now, can’t you just see that burrito trotting hurriedly to see the King while the claymation Little Drummer Boy is being jostled up and down?

Esta bien, it’s true, I’m a child of the ‘60s, but you have to admit, the visual will get you smiling. And isn’t that what the songs of the season should have you do? So be it for glorifying or gratitude, joy or joyful memories, sing and celebrate from the heart the true reasons for the season.

Babushka Besos a todos. Cuidensen.

The Bohemian Babushka is a First-Generation, coffee-crazed Cuban-American raised in Miami.  Mother of 3, grandmother of 4, she speaks straight from the heart and shoot straight from the hip. Some have described her as a “human shot of espresso” because she’s Earnest in her Extremism. Almost 50, always nifty, sashaying in heels and soliloquizing in Spanglish. Basking in being bilingual- blabbing and bailando all the way.

Mi Burrito Sabanero Lyrics

Con mi burrito sabanero
Voy camino de Belén,
Con mi burrito sabanero
voy camino de Belén,
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén.

El lucerito mañanero
ilumina mi sendero,
El lucerito mañanero
ilumina mi sendero,
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén,
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén.

Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui
tuqui tuqui tuquita
apúrate mi burrito
que ya vamos a llegar.

Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui
tuqui tuqui tuquita
apúrate mi burrito
vamos a ver a Jesús.

Con mi cuatrito voy cantando
mi burrito va trotando,
con mi cuatrito voy cantando
mi burrito va trotando,
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén.

Con mi burrito sabanero
Voy camino de Belén,
Con mi burrito sabanero
voy camino de Belén,
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén.

Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui
tuqui tuqui tuquita
apúrate mi burrito
que ya vamos a llegar.

Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui
tuqui tuqui tuquita
apúrate mi burrito
vamos a ver a Jesús.

Con mi burrito sabanero
Voy camino de Belén,
Con mi burrito sabanero
voy camino de Belén,
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén
si me ven, si me ven
voy camino de Belén.

Juanes Does Mi Burrito Sabanero (Video)

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