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Written by Peter Smith   
Sunday, 15 February 2009 14:52

 


 

This song was written after a three week visit to Ecuador with the Sheffield City Morris team who performed at the Festival Folclorico Internacional del Mundo (folk festival of the world) in August 1993. The theme attempts to draw a comparison between  the extreme of the country the ice  and fire of the Andes and the rich and poor. I, along with most other members of the party, fell in love with the country and people. Therefore, this must be a love song of sorts.


 

Each new morn brings new surprises,
in this land of fire and snow.
The sun beats down on fields of plenty;
life beats down on the urban poor.

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Ecuador una via, Ecuador, Oh Ecuador!
One way forward with the people
all together sing por favor

Land of contrasts, land of plenty,
land of promise yet so far
Sing the words of Juan Leone Marra, (pronounced Juan La Marra)
Sucre, Martin and Bolivar *

Chorus

From the forest, high Sierre,
occidental, coastal plains
feel the spirit of the Incas,
hear the tongues of a golden age

Chorus

Land of mystery and of culture,
land of music, dance and song
Sing and dance for your children,
for an age that’s still to come

Chorus

Give the future to your children,
sing tomorrow come the day
Chimbarosa, Cotipaxi,
Ecuador stole my heart away

Chorus


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:22