Carlene Thissen

Carlene Thissen

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Folk - Contemporary | Naples, Florida, United States
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Member Since: 2006
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Song Description

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a ballad, the story of the appearance of the Virgin Mary in Mexico in 1531 to an Indian peasant named Juan Diego. The song tells of the attempts to get the Bishop to believe Juan had seen the Lady and of her desire that a church be built for her at Mt. Tepeyac.

Story Behind the Song

In 1531, an Indian peasant named Juan Diego saw a vision of the Virgin Mary at Mount Tepayac. After a series of visits to the Bishop, who did not believe the vision, the Virgin told Juan to gather roses and take them to the Bishop. Flowers did not grow in that region, but he found them there. When he brought them to the Bishop, the Bishop knelt in front of him and the image of the Virgin that appeared on Juan Diego's cloak.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe ? ¾ time
VERSE 1,2:

Way down in Mexico, a very long time ago
Lived an Indian peasant named Juan Diego
At dawn the birds? chorus, announced a vision so glorious,
The mother of Jesus, in sunbeams she glowed.

She said, ?I want a church, you see, built here to honor me,
Go tell the Bishop, my sweet Juanito,
?Right here on this bleak spot, known as Mount Tepayac
She spoke in his dialect, ?Now you must go.?


Take my message to the Bishop
Juan Diego, do not fear,
I am God?s and your sweet mother
And forever, I?ll be here.


Juan Diego thought, uneasily,
?How can it be, she does not see??
?The Bishop won?t see me
?Cause I?m nobody.?
She said, ?I don?t agree.?


When the Bishop rejected him, She sent Juan back again
The Bishop said he?d need a sign. Juan told the Lady.
She just smiled gently and said, ?Up on the hill you?ll see
Flowers blooming beautifully, gather them for me.?


Take the flowers to the Bishop
Juan Diego, do not fear
I am God?s and your sweet mother
And forever, I?ll be here.

Juan Diego thought, uneasily,
?(How can it be, she does not see?)?
?Flowers don?t grow here
This time of year.?
She said, ?Trust me, my dear.?


At the top of the hill, Juan found Castilian roses,
And gathered them up/ in the tilma he wore,
As he entered the Bishop?s door, the roses spilt out on the floor,
And on Juan?s cloak appeared/ the image of her.

On the twelfth of December, since all can remember,
We cover the altar with flowers on her day
Sing her good morning with the birds in the dawning
To honor Our Lady of Guadalupe


Bring the flowers to the Lady
Sing her praise and do not fear
She is God?s and our sweet mother
And forever she?ll be here.

Song Length
Folk - Religious, Folk - General
Tempo / Feel
Medium (111 - 130)
Lead Vocal
Female Vocal
Peaceful, Content

Subject Matter
Religion, Hope

Similar Artists
Indigo Girls, Joan Baez
1600 - 1699

Lyric Credits Carlene Thissen
Music Credits Carlene Thissen
Producer Credits Barry Kotek
Performance Credits Carlene Thissen