Carnaval del Barrio Lyrics. From Musical "In The Heights"

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Carnaval del Barrio Lyrics


by Daniela, Company. From In The Heights.


DANIELA
Hey!
Hey!
What's this tonteria that I'm seeing on the street?
I thought I'd never see the day...
Since when are Latin people scared of heat?
When I was a little girl
Growing up in the hills of Vega Alta
My favorite time of year was Christmas time!
Ask me why

CARLA
Why?

DANIELA
There wasn't an ounce of snow
But, oh, the coquito would flow
As we sang the aguinaldo
The carnaval would begin to grow
Business is closed, and we're about to go
Let's have a carnaval del barrio!

PIRAGUA GUY
Wepa!

DANIELA
Carnaval del barrio
Carnaval del barrio
Carnaval

PIRAGUA GUY
Carnaval

DANIELA
Del barrio

PIRAGUA GUY
Barrio

DANIELA
Carnaval

SONNY/PIRAGUA GUY
Carnaval

DANIELA
Del barrio

SONNY/PIRAGUA GUY
Barrio

DANIELA
We don't need electricidad
Get off your butt, avanza
Saca la maraca, bring your tambourine
Come and join the parranda

PIRAGUA GUY
Wepa!

DANIELA THEN COMMUNITY
Carnaval
Del barrio (x4)

CARLA
Ohh, me me me, Dani I have a question
I don't know what you're cantando

DANIELA
Just make it up as you go
We are improvisando
Lai la lo lai lo le lo lai
You can sing anything
Carla, whatever pops into your head
Just so long as you sing

CARLA
My mom is Dominican-Cuban
My dad is from Chile and PR which means
I'm Chile..Domini-curican!
But I always say I'm from Queens!

PIRAGUA GUY
Wepa!

DANIELA THEN COMMUNITY
Carnaval
Del barrio (x2)

VANESSA
Yo!
Why is everyone so happy?
We are sweating and we have no power
I've gotta get out of here soon
This block's getting worse by the hour
You can't even go to the club with a friend
Without having somebody shove you

DANIELA
Ay, por favor
Vanessa don't pretend that Usnavi's your friend
We all know that he love you!

COMMUNITY
Ohhh!!!

CARLA
Wow
Now that you mention that sexual tension it's easy to see

VANESSA
Yo this is bogus...

DANIELA
Haven't you noticed you get all your coffee for free?

DANIELA THEN COMMUNITY
Carnaval
Del Barrio (x2)

NEIGHBOR
Here comes Usnavi!

USNAVI
Yo, yo, yo y-y-yo-yo
Now, now, everyone gather 'round sit down, listen
I got an announcement
Wow, it involves large amounts, it's
Somewhere in the range of 96,000
Atencion, I'm closing shop
Sonny, grab everybody a soda pop
Yo, grab a bottle, kiss it up to God
Cuz Abuela Claudia just won the lotto
Abuela Claudia won the lotto
We're bookin a flight for DR tomorrow

COMMUNITY
Oh my gah!
Alza la bandera
La bandera dominicana
Alza la bandera
La bandera puertoriquena
Alza la bandera
La bandera mejicana
Alza la bandera
La bandera cubana

PIRAGUA GUY
Parriba esa bandera
Alzala donde quiera
Recuerdo de mi tierra

WITH USNAVI
Me acuerdo de mi tierra
Esa bonita bandera
Contiene mi alma entera
Y cuando yo me muera
Entierrame en mi tierra

DANIELA
Everything changes today

WITH CARLA
Usnavi's on his way
Off to a better place
Look at Vanessa's face!

BENNY
Everything changes today
Goodbye, Mr. Rosario
I'm taking over the barrio

USNAVI/DANIELA/CARLA
We're getting out of the barrio

DANIELA
Hey, Mr. Benny, have you seen any horses today?

BENNY
What do you mean?

DANIELA
I heard you and Nina went for a roll in the-

COMMUNITY
Hay! Hey! Ohhhhh!
Benny and Nina
Sitting in a tree
K-I-S-S-I-N-G
Que bochinche
Nina and Benny
K-I-S-S-I-N-G

SONNY
Hold up, wait a minute
Usnavi's leavin for the Dominican Republic?
And Benny went and stole the girl that I'm in love with?
She was my babysitter first!
Listen up, this is what ya'll want?
We close the bodega
The neighborhood is gone
They selling the dispatch
They closing the salon
And they'll never turn the light back on cuz

WITH VANESSA
We are powerless
We are powerless

SONNY
But ya'll keep dancin and singin and celebratin
But it's getting late and this place is disintegratin and

WITH VANESSA
We are powerless
We are powerless

USNAVI
Alright we are powerless, so light up a candle
There's nothing going on here that we can't handle

SONNY
You don't understand, I'm not trying to be funny

USNAVI
We're gonna give a third of the money to you, Sonny

SONNY
What?

USNAVI
Yeah, yeah

SONNY
For real?

USNAVI
Yes!
Maybe you're right, Sonny
Call in the coroners
Maybe we're powerless, a corner full of foreigners
Maybe this neighborhood's changing forever
Maybe tonight is our last night together, however
How do you wanna face it?
Do you wanna waste it, when the end is so close you can taste it?
Y'all could cry with your head in the sand
I'm a fly this flag that I got in my hand

PIRAGUA GUY
Parriba esa bandera
Alzala donde quiera

USNAVI
Can we raise our voice tonight?
Can we make a little noise tonight?

PIRAGUA GUY/DANIELA/CARLA
Esa bonita bandera
Contiene mi alma entera

USNAVI
In fact, can we sing so loud and raucous
They can hear us across the bridge is East Seacaucus?

COMMUNITY
Parriba esa bandera
Alzala donde quiera

USNAVI
From Puerto Rico to Santo Domingo
Wherever we go
We rep our people and the beat go...

COMMUNITY
Esa bonita bandera
Contiene mi alma entera

USNAVI
Vanessa, for get about what coulda been
Dance with me, one last night in the hood again

DANIELA/CARLA
Wepa!

COMMUNITY
Carnaval del barrio
Carnaval del barrio
Carnaval del barrio

DANIELA
Parriba esa bandera

WITH COMMUNINTY
Carnaval del barrio
Oye!

DANIELA
Y cuando yo me muera
Entierrame en mi tierra

WITH COMMUNITY
Del barrio
Del barrio

COMMUNITY
Alza la bandera
La bandera dominicana
Alza la bandera
La bandera puertoriquena
Alza la bandera
La bandera mejicana
Adios, adios, adios
Alza la bandera
La bandera
La bandera
La bandera
La bandera
Alza la bandera!
Hey!

[Thanks to Hilary Klapholz, Ariel for lyrics]




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