Me Bote de Guano – Corrected Version

Thanks for my friend Pablo, we have a corrected version of the song and lyrics…

Oooo, oooo, ooooo

Oooo, oooo, ooooo

Me gusta la GUAPERIA

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,

Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,

Me gusta la GUAPERIA

Ahora si me bote de Guaño (3x)

Un grupo me llama bembe

El otro me llama Guaño

Un grupo me llama bembe

El otro me llama Guaño

El que me entiende me entiende

Y AL QUE NO lo voy matando

Ahora si me bote de Guaño

Cuando llego a la bodega

Me hecho el sombrero pa’ atras

Cuando llego a la bodega

Me hecho el  sombrero pa ‘atras

ME DICEN VEN A TOMAR

CONMIGO SI NO HAY BOBERA

Ahora si me bote de Guaño

En seguida que me ven

Que estoy RALLANDO los diente

En seguida que me ven

Que estoy RALLANDO los diente

No saben que van hacer

PA’ PAGARME UN AGUARDIENTE

GUAÑO= seems to refer to “top man”,  sly, getting away with something, to outsmart (this makes sense to me in the context of the song); something repugnant, something dirty: related to guano=bat excrement which is black and smelly

BEMBE= refers to big lips of a black person, not always a positive atribute/racist use as a derogatory way or to refer to someone “jokingly” accepted racist knick name for someone: or in this context it refers to someone who has ability to sing. which would explain why they would want to pay him a drink. related BEMBÉ refers to a party with drum playing related to santería religion worship or a nice party not necessarily religious where there is singing too and is very prevalent in cuba.

GUAPERIA= SWAGERING, COCKY MANNER

Y AL QUE NO= and whomever doesn’t (understand)

bobera= being slow minded (he is saying he is not dumb)

RALLANDO=in this context is to “peel” a smile, to flash a big smile

PA’  (PARA) PAGARME UN AGUARDIENTE=  to pay for a drink of moonshine

bodega=corner store where they se;; food but also is a bar/they sell liquour

Oooo, oooo, ooooo
Oooo, oooo, ooooo
I like to be Cocky
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm,
I like to be Cocky
I’ve outdone myself as Guaño (3x)
A group calls me bembe
The other calls me Guaño
A group calls me bembe
The other calls me Guaño
Who understands me understand me
and who doesnt I will kill him
I’ve outdone myself as Guaño (3x)
When I arrive at the bar
I put  my hat facing backwards
When I arrive at the bar
I put  my hat facing backwards
they tell me: come drink!
(of course I do) I am  not dumb (rephrase)
Now, yes, I’ve outdone myself as Guaño?? (3x)
Right away, when they see me
I’m grinning (showing my teeth)
Right away, when they see me
I’m grinning (showing my teeth)
They do not know how they’ll do
to pay for a drink of moonshine
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2 Responses to Me Bote de Guano – Corrected Version

  1. Ernest "Chico" Alvarez says:

    John, so nice reading your post in general. Here is the real deal on the lyrics to ME BOTE DE GUAÑO. I was a very good friend of Alfredo Chocolate Armenteros, credited with writing this tune, although he did not actually write it. He sat with me back in 1970 and laid it out for me, along with his personal anecdotes, as my father’s 78 rpm version was so scratchy that some of the words were not audible.

    ME BOTE DE GUAÑO
    (Arsenio Rodriguez, Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros)

    Primer coro
    Uuuu, Uuuu,
    Me gusta la guapería.
    Uuuu, Uuuu,
    Me gusta la guapería.

    Segundo coro
    Ahora si me boté de guaño (3x)

    Un grupo me llama bémbe, ay!
    El otro me llama guaño, ay!
    Un grupo me llama bémbe, ay!
    El otro me llama guaño, ay!
    El que me entiende, me entiende,
    Y al que no, lo voy marcando.

    Segundo coro
    Ahora si me boté de guaño…

    Cuando llego a la bodega, ay!
    Me hecho el sombrero pa’trá, ay!
    Cuando llego a la bodega, ay!
    Me hecho el sombrero pa’trá, ay
    Me dice ven a tomar,
    Conmigo si no hay bobéra.

    Segundo coro
    Ahora si me bote de guaño….

    Enseguida que me ven, ay!
    Que estoy rallando los dientes, ay!
    Enseguida que me ven, ay!
    Que estoy rallando los dientes, ay!
    No saben que van a hacer,
    Pa’ pagarme el aguardiente.

    Solo de piano y al mambo…

    Tercer coro
    Bemberé, ma’ bemberé, (repetir hasta que salga el sol)

    Repetir segundo coro
    Ahora si me boté de guaño!

  2. John Heffernan says:

    Thanks so much, Chico, for sharing the correct lyrics and your story behind them!

    Muchas gracias!

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