"Chan Chan" as written by and Maximo Francisco Repilado Munoz....
De Alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llego a Cueto, voy para Mayarí

De Alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llego a Cueto, voy para Mayarí

De Alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llego a Cueto, voy para Mayarí

El cariño que te tengo
No te lo puedo negar
Se me sale la babita
Yo no lo puedo evitar

Cuando Juanica y Chan Chan
En el mar cernían arena
Como sacudía el jibe
A Chan Chan le daba pena

Limpia el camino de pajas
Que yo me quiero sentar
En aquél tronco que veo
Y así no puedo llegar

De alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llegó a Cueto voy para Mayarí

De alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llegó a Cueto voy para Mayarí

De alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llegó a Cueto voy para Mayarí

De alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llegó a Cueto voy para Mayarí

De alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llegó a Cueto voy para Mayarí

De alto Cedro voy para Marcané
Llegó a Cueto voy para Mayarí


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"Chan Chan" as written by Maximo Francisco Repilado Munoz

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  • +3
    General CommentOne more thing...

    The villages and cities mentioned in the song (i.e. Alto Cedro, Marcané, Cueto and Mayarí) are all in Holguín Province in eastern Cuba. Christopher Clolumbus called it ''the most beautiful country human eyes has ever seen...''

    I might just go and meet my very own Juanica.
    Danforth05on February 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell, it's definitely got an erotic vibe to it...

    A boy named Chan Chan and a girl named Juanica travel throughout Cuba searching for sand to build a house with. They finally arrive at the perfect beach and set about sifting the sand to remove the pebbles. Things begin to get more tense however, when Juanica begins to shake her sieve. Chan Chan can't help but notice her body moving rhythmically beneath the folds of her dress. The feelings this sight elicits from him soon fill him with shame and he leaves the beach hurriedly, seeking shelter beneath a tree (to masturbate perhaps, who knows?).

    P.S. You never know when a few lines in español might come in handy:

    El cariño que te tengo
    No te lo puedo negar
    Se me sale la babita
    Yo no lo puedo evitar

    The love I have for you
    Is something I cannot deny
    I drool all over
    I cannot help it
    Danforth05on February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI went to Cuba at the end of my senior year for an educational trip. It was the best two weeks of my life.
    speed trialson January 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me all emotional and junk.. its so pretty
    tarnalon October 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Buena Vist Social Club...
    but I wish I could understand Spanish.
    Samantha723on May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Buena Vist Social Club...
    but I wish I could understand Spanish.
    Samantha723on May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Buena Vist Social Club...
    but I wish I could understand Spanish.
    Samantha723on May 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't this song about masturbation? u_u
    MashedtoaPulpon January 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEsta canción me encanta, está es una de mis canciones favoritas. Por desgarcia los no van a hacer otras canciones... ¡qué triste!
    God save Queenon April 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe the song does not mean anything, but let us say it is from old Cuban lore, only that there is no Cuban lore of Chan Chan and Juanica that I know, but there is Cuban lore (Abakua secret society and religion foundational myth, it has much influence on Cuban music) of Eribangando and Sikan. All were looking for the Voice everywhere but it could not be found. Sikan, the princess, and Efi prince were lovers. She went to get water and found the Tanze fish, the Voice, incarnation of the high god Abasi. Ceiba (jiba, sieve in the song) is a tree, another incarnation of the high god. She made wrong and told her lover. She was sacrificed, the lover become sad. Eribangando cleared the path to the sacred tree Ukano Bekonsi. It is not clear if Eribangando was the lover, but he saved Sikan from a snake, had great love for her. This is a rather similar story, else what means clear the path and go to sit on the tree trunk?
    jorma10056on April 16, 2018   Link

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