LOVE IS IN DA BLOG 9 ~ A LOVE SONG FROM 1939-1948 – “Bésame Mucho”

“Bésame Mucho” (Kiss me a lot) is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. It is one of the most famous boleros, and was recognized in 1999 as the most sung and recorded Mexican song in the world.

According to Velázquez herself, she wrote this song even though she had never been kissed yet at the time and kissing, as she heard, was considered a sin.

She was inspired by the piano piece “Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruiseñor” from the 1911 suite Goyescas by Spanish composer Enrique Granados, which he later also included as Aria of the Nightingale in his 1916 opera of the same name.

The line “Besame mucho, que tengo miedo a perderte después” means “Kiss me a lot, as I am afraid of losing you afterwards.” The word “mucho” may suggest a desire for the kiss to linger, as it may be the couple’s last time being together.

An English-language version of the song was written by Sunny Skylar. The lyrics are different from the direct English translation of the original, but retain the Spanish Bésame mucho. “Bésame Mucho” is also known by translated names such as “Kiss Me Much,” “Kiss Me a Lot,” “Kiss Me Again and Again,” “Embrasse-moi fort,” “Stale Ma Bozkavaj,” “Suutele minua”, “Szeretlek én” and “Mara beboos”.

Today I have chosen the version from one of my favorite jazz performers, Harry Connick Jr.

Lyrics

Besame besame mucho
Each time I cling to your kiss I hear music divine
Besame besame mucho
Hold me my darling and say that you’ll always be mine
This joy is something new my arms enfolding you, never knew this thrill before
Whoever thought I’d be holding you close to me whispering you I adore
Dearest one if you should leave me
Each little dream would take wing and my life would be through
Besame besame mucho
Love me forever and make all my dreams come true
Besame besame mucho
Love me forever and make all my dreams come true

Songwriters: Consuelo Velazquez / Sunny Skylar

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!

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LOVE IS IN DA BLOG 9 ~ A LOVE SONG FROM 1939-1948

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