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Published on September 10, 2014 By Dusk411 In Music

Madonna

La Isla Bonita

Album: True Blue

Year:  1987

 

         A trip to the fictional San Pedro in Belize stays with Madonna in the   fascinating             “La Isla Bonita.”

 

                     In the intro, she says “as it may be true” in Spanish to open the Wishful maracas accompany her, setting a quixotic tone. (“Como puede ser verdad.”)

 

                 She visited San Pedro again in her sleep. It was like she was back there. She remembers a teenaged girl in a flowing dress in the town square, dancing to the music. There was so much hope and promise. Her vacation was four months ago but some days, it’s as though she just came back home. (“Last night I dreamt of San Pedro/Just like I'd never gone, I knew the song/A young girl with eyes like the desert/It all seems like yesterday, not far away.”)

 

 

            In the chorus, the she would love to move to Belize one day. She met wonderful people and had experiences that wouldn’t have happened in the United States.  As the sun set, musicians would play the samba. It was such a  beautiful song that was the perfect goodbye to the day. She can still hear it now. (“Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free/This is where I long to be, la isla bonita/And when the samba played, the sun would set so high/Ring through my ears and sting my eyes, your Spanish lullaby.”)

 

           Belize is now her favorite place in the world. It’s truly a paradise and a city that loved her back in its bashful way.  (according to the loose Google translation, you said I love you.”) She didn’t want to leave. (“I fell in love with San Pedro/Warm wind carried on the sea, he called to me/Te dijo te amo/I prayed that the days would last, they went so fast.”)

 

            The chorus is sung again.

 

            In the bridge, the purity of San Pedro is what makes it ideal for her. (“I want to be where the sun warms the sky/When it's time for siesta you can watch them go by/Beautiful faces, no cares in this world/Where a girl loves a boy, and a boy loves a girl.”)

 

               An extended chorus is sung. (“Last night I dreamt of San Pedro/It all seems like yesterday, not far away/Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free/This is where I long to be, la isla bonita/And when the samba played, the sun would set so high/Ring through my ears and sting my eyes, your Spanish lullaby//Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free/This is where I long to be, la isla bonita/And when the samba played, the sun would set so high/Ring through my ears and sting my eyes, your Spanish lullaby.”)

 

         In the final section, she says in Spanish “you said I love you/He says I love you.” to end the single. (“Te dijo te amo/El dijo que te ama.”)

 

                 Madonna’s  admiring vocals are still awestruck by her experience in Belize. It transformed her. She went for the sun and to get away from work and ended up discovering more beyond the brochure.

 

               All translations were from Google.

 

                 The iconic “La Isa Bonita” embraces another culture and wants to learn as much as it can.


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