San Miguel Lyrics - Kingston Trio

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Jane Bowers

Down by the mission San Miguel is a great house wherein dwell Don Carlos and La Dona Maria Elena Cantrell.

I work at the ranch. I saddle her mare. I ride with the gun behind as she visits her friends here and there.
She says, "Thank you, Manuel," or, "Manuel, por favor," or "Good ev'ning, Manuel,"
La Dona Maria Elena Cantrell.

I dream of the mission San Miguel and it says to me, the mission bell,
"She is married, Manuel, the wife of the rancher, Don Carlos Cantrell.

You serve at the ranch. You hold her chair. You carry her boxes, trunks, letters, and books here and there.
She says, "Thank you, Manuel," or, "Manuel, por favor," or "Good ev'ning, Manuel,"
La Dona Maria Elena Cantrell.

But I hear with my heart what she says with her eyes with, "Good ev'ning, Manuel," or "Manuel, por favor,"
Or, "The carriage, Manuel," or "Manuel, close the door."








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I thought I wrote a song. | Reviewer: Tony Brady | 5/27/2007

As a party piece for our end of year Spanish Course fiesta I wrote a song based on the song San Miguel.

I am glad I checked with GOOGLE because I knew that some of my lines were based on a song I heard many years ago but I could not remember its source or its singers.

Of the 25 line song I achieved I discover now that the first seven lines are identical to the original Kingston Trio's version. I have never seen the written lyrics of the original yet have blind of it original produced a version to amuse my fellow students. Does anyone want to see my version? I have composed two versions: one in English the other in Sspanisht. Kind regards.Tony Brady

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great performance makes the music | Reviewer: doninsbca@aol.com | 10/3/2004

The song is beautiful as done by the Kingston Trio, but only because they bring it to life; the lyrics themselves are somewhat trite and common, but the Trio's vocals and musical talents bring the imagery to the listener with remarkable clarity.

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