MIS COMPADRES PUNTEAN SON
(My Friends Play the Son)
Son
Performed by Orquesta Pancho El Bravo, written by Pedro Aranzola Mesa

My son sounds so sweet!

Now you see, my friends
how sweet my son sounds.

I sing bolero and guaracha,
and also guaguancó.
And I feel even better
when I improvise on a son montuno.

My friends, Clodomiro, Atanasio and Don Ramón
light up the country stove,
while I pick on my tres * guitar
a sweet son montuno.

I have my palm-thatch hut
at one side of the batey**.
I have a team of oxen
that I care for devotedly.
And under the shade of my custard-apple tree,
I play my son montuno.

To dance the son,
Simply move your feet.

That’s right!

© 1978 Cubasong Music, BMI for the U.S.
(p) 1978 EGREM

*tres: quintessential instrument in Cuban music; guitar with 3 pairs of strings
**batey: open square in front of the sugar mill