Saturday, March 19, 2011

Maná - En El Muelle De San Blas (album: Sueños Líquidos 1997)

This song is by the Mexican Rock Band Maná. I was exposed to this band while travelling in Costa Rica back in 1998. They have released this album at the end of 1997 and their songs were playing everywhere. It was very contagious. I fell in love with their music and just before I left the country I went into a record shop and bought this disc. Unfortunately 2 months in Central America was not enough time for me to learn the language. I knew how to order my burger or a drink but I had no idea what their lyrics were about. Luckily I had my Dad that speaks an excellent Spanish and was kind enough to translate most of their songs for me. I’ve discovered they have quite deep lyrics. Check out this wonderful song.

The song is about a young girl falling in love with a man that sails away and promises to return, for many years she stays loyal and everyday waits for his return on the wharf of San Blas but he never comes back. That brings me to the story of Florence Martus aka “waving girl” that was the unofficial greeter of all ships that entered and left the port of Savannah, Georgia in the years 1887-1931. She used to wave a handkerchief in the day and a lantern at night .according to legend she didn’t miss any ship in her frothy-four years watch. There were speculations about the reason for her actions and one of them is that she had fallen in love as a young girl with a sailor and wanted to be sure he would find here when he returned.

Link to the song: Muelle De San Blas Mana

Lyrics & Translation to English: Muelle De San Blas

Band’s Official Website: Mana

Info about the band: Wikipedia - Mana

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