"In the Heights" Lyrics

Quick Answer

Check out this article to learn the meaning of the Spanish used in your favorite "In the Heights" songs!

"In the Heights"

SpanishEnglish
piragua
shaved ice, snow cone
parcha
passion fruit
china
orange
mamey
mammee
oye
hey
piragüero
person who sells snow cones; snow cone vendor
¿Cómo estás?
How are you?
Como siempre.
Same as always.
café
coffee
abuela
grandma
ay, dios
oh, god
escuela
school
bodega
corner store
pan caliente
warm bread
café con leche
coffee with milk

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"Breathe"

SpanishEnglish
Sigue andando el camino por toda su vida.
She/He keeps walking the path her/his whole life.
Y si pierdes mis huellas, que dios te bendiga.
And if you lose my tracks, may god help you.
Respira.
Breathe.
Ay, te adoro, te quiero.
Oh, I adore you, I love you.
No me preocupo por ella.
I don't worry about her.
Mira, allí esta nuestra estrella.
Look, there's our star.
Ella sí da la talla.
She's good enough./She makes the grade.

"No Me Diga"

SpanishEnglish
No me diga.
No way./Well, I never.
linda
pretty
vieja
old
sucia
dirty
¡Ay dios mío!
Oh my god!
¿Qué sé yo?
What do I know?

"Paciencia y Fe"

SpanishEnglish
paciencia y fe
patience and faith
calor
heat
víbora
snake
mami
mama
Nueva York
New York

"Piragua"

SpanishEnglish
¡Qué calor!
It's so hot!
piragua
snow cone, shaved ice
Tengo de...
I have...
mango
mango
parcha
passion fruit
piña
pineapple
fresa
strawberry
china
orange
limón
lemon/lime
de peso y de peseta
literally, costing a peso and a peseta

The pesois the monetary unit of many Latin American countries, while the pesetais the former monetary unit of Spain, as well as a Cuban coin equivalent to about 20 cents.

"Sunrise"

SpanishEnglish
esquina
corner
tienda
store
bombilla
lightbulb
calor
heat
anoche
last night
dolor
pain
llámame
call me
azul
blue
ámame
love me
bésame
kiss me
abrázame
hold me
al amanecer
at sunrise/dawn
Yo no sé qué hacer ahora que te encontré.
I don't know what to do now that I found you.
¿Qué dirá?
What will he say?
ayúdame
help me
prométeme
promise me

"Carnaval del Barrio"

SpanishEnglish
carnaval del barrio
neighborhood carnival/street party
tontería
nonsense
¡Wepa!
Cool!/Oh yeah!/Hi!
electricidad
electricity
avanza
advance
saca la maraca
take out the maraca
parranda
party
cantando
singing
improvisando
improvising
alza la bandera
raise the flag
la bandera dominicana
the Dominican flag
la bandera puertorriqueña
the Puerto Rican flag
la bandera mexicana
the Mexican flag
la bandera cubana
the Cuban flag
Para arriba esa bandera.
Raise that flag high.
Álzala donde quiera.
Raise it wherever you want.
Recuerdo de mi tierra.
Souvenir/Memory of my land.
Me acuerdo de mi tierra.
I remember my land.
Esa bonita bandera contiene mi alma entera.
That beautiful flag contains my entire soul.
Y cuando yo me muera, entiérrame en mi tierra.
And when I die, bury me in my land.

"Alabanza"

SpanishEnglish
alabanza
praise
Alabanza a doña Claudia, Señor.
Praise to Doña Claudia, Lord.

"Finale"/"Para Siempre"

SpanishEnglish
No te vayas.
Don't go.
Si me dejas,...
If you leave me,...
Si te alejas de mí,...
If you go far away from me,...
...seguirás en mis recuerdos para siempre.
...you'll carry on in my memories forever.
para siempre
forever

Other Words and Phrases

Here are some other words and phrases you may hear when enjoying songs from "In The Heights"!

SpanishEnglish
¡Atención!
Attention!
¡No pare!
Don't stop!
¡Sigue!
Keep going!
¿Qué pasó?
What's up?/What happened?
inútil
useless
papi
daddy, papa
¡Salud!
Cheers!
apagón
blackout
Un momento, por favor.
One minute, please.