Song “Riding with #Fidel” (+video)

Published by Alma

Photo: Radio Rebelde

Photo: Radio Rebelde

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They say that in the plaza these days,

Martí and Camilo have been seen

riding horseback.

And leading the caravan,

slowly with no rider,

is a horse for you.

Returning are the wounds that do not heal,

of the men and women

who will not let you leave.

Today our hearts are on our sleeves,

and your people, although it hurts,

do not want to bid you farewell.

Man, the grateful are with you.

How we long for your great deeds.

Not even death can take you.

Man, we learned to know you as eternal.

Like Olofi or Jesus Christ.

There is not a single altar

without a candle for you.

Today, I don’t want to call you Comandante,

nor bearded, or gigantic,

or tell all that I know of you.

Today I want to shout: My father,

don’t let go of my hand,

I still don’t know how to walk well without you

Man, the grateful are with you.

How we long for your great deeds.

Not even death can take you.

Man, we learned to know you as eternal.

Like Olofi or Jesus Christ.

There is not a single altar

without a candle for you.

Man, the grateful are with you.

How we long for your great deeds.

Not even death can take you.

Man, we learned to know you as eternal.

Like Olofi or Jesus Christ.

There is not a single altar

without a candle for you.

They say that in the plaza this morning,

there is no room for more steeds

from other confines.

A desperate multitude

of heroes with their swords drawn

have gathered here.

And leading the caravan,

slowly with no rider,

is a horse for you.

Raúl Torres

“Cabalgando con Fidel” was written by Raúl Torres on the occasion of Fidel’s death and has been performed at multiple tributes by the songwriter, Eduardo Sosa, Luna Manzanares and Annie Garcés.

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