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    Nov 13th, 2012 11:03am report

    Originally, the popular Cuban song "Guantanamera" was about a pretty girl. The very word "Guantanamera" means "a girl from Guantanamo Bay (yes, the place where the USA still has a military base in Cuba)."

    After the tune became popular, the Cuban nationalist Jose Marti wrote several verses of new lyrics. The new lyrics begin with the narrator saying that he is a simple, honest man from the land of palm trees, but that he is filled with poetry in his heart. He wishes to share his love for his country with everyone, and to express his fellowship with poor people everywhere in his homeland.

    The Sandpipers sang just the first two verses of Marti's lyrics, so they express only the idea of a simple, sincere man from Cuba who feels inspired to share his poetry.

    They kept the original chorus, which refers only to the pretty girl from Guantanamo Bay.

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