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¿Quién Será? (Sway)

By Thomas Keyes
Nov. 20, 2008

¿Quién Será? is a mambo written in 1953 by Mexican composer Pablo Beltrán Ruiz. In the United States, it was known as Sway with lyrics that have nothing at all to do with the original Spanish lyrics. Nonetheless, they are good lyrics.

I have known and loved this song from about the time it came into existence. At that time, I was a teenager in Tucson, then a predominantly Mexican town, so I learned a number of Mexican songs.

Below I have reproduced the original Spanish lyrics as they would be sung by a female vocalist, which is usually the only kind of vocalist I care to hear. However, they can be sung by a male vocalist as well, so I have put the alternate words in parentheses.

¿Quién Será?

¿Quién será el (la) que quiere a mi?
¿Quién será? ¿Quién será?
¿Quién será el (la) que me dé su amor?
¿Quién será? ¿Quién será?

Yo no sé si lo (la) podré encontrar.
Yo no sé. Yo no sé.
Yo no sé si volveré a querer.
Yo no sé. Yo no sé.

He querido volver a vivir
La pasión y el calor de otro amor,
Otro amor que me hiciera sentir,
Que me hiciera feliz cono ayer lo fui.

¿Quién será el (la) que quiere a mi?
¿Quién será? ¿Quién será?
¿Quién será el (la) que me dé su amor?
¿Quién será? ¿Quién será?

He querido volver a vivir
La pasión y el calor de otro amor,
Otro amor que me hiciera sentir,
Que me hiciera feliz cono ayer lo fui.!

¿Quién será el (la) que quiere a mi?
¿Quién será? ¿Quién será?
¿Quién será el (la) que me dé su amor?
¿Quién será? ¿Quién será?

Yo no sé si lo (la) podré encontrar.
Yo no sé. Yo no sé.
Yo no sé si volveré a querer.
Yo no sé. Yo no sé.

¡Hey!

I have made a literal translation of the above lines, without any attempt to fit the words to the melody or to be artistic. This is strictly for information:

Who will be the one who loves me?
Who will it be? Who will it be?
Who will be the one who gives me his (her) love?
Who will it be? Who will it be?

I don't know if I`ll be able to find him (her).
I don't know. I don't know.
I don't know if I will love again.
I don't know. I don't know.

I have longed to live again
The passion and the ardor of another love,
Another love that would make me feel,
That would make me as happy as I was yesterday.

Who will be the one who loves me?
Who will it be? Who will it be?
Who will be the one who gives me his (her) love?
Who will it be? Who will it be?

I have longed to live again
The passion and the ardor of another love,
Another love that would make me feel,
That would make me as happy as I was yesterday.

Who will be the one who loves me?
Who will it be? Who will it be?
Who will be the one who gives me his (her) love?
Who will it be? Who will it be?

I don't know if I`ll be able to find him (her).
I don't know. I don't know.
I don't know if I will love again.
I don't know. I don't know.

Hey! Below is the rewrite of the lyrics in English, where it is called Sway:

Sway

When marimba rhythms start to play,
Dance with me, make me sway.
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore,
Hold me close, sway me more.

Like a flower bending in the breeze,
Bend with me, sway with ease.
When we dance you have a way with me.
Stay with me. Sway with me.

Other dancers may be on the floor,
Dear, but my eyes will see only you.
Only you have the magic technique.
When we sway I grow weak.

I can hear the sound of violins
Long before it begins.
Make me thrill as only you know how.
Sway me smooth. Sway me now.

Other dancers may be on the floor,
Dear, but my eyes will see only you.
Only you have the magic technique.
When we sway I grow weak.

I can hear the sound of violins
Long before it begins.
Make me thrill as only you know how.
Sway me smooth. Sway me now.

…you know how .
Sway me smooth. Sway me now.

The melody can be heard at this URL:

http://www.cool-midi.com/midi/m/michael_buble-sway.mid

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About the author Thomas Keyes: I have written two books: A SOJOURN IN ASIA (non-fiction) and A TALE OF UNG (fiction), neither published so far.

I have studied languages for years and traveled extensively on five continents.

Visit my website here.

Email: udikeyes@yahoo.com


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