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Raining Coffee


Written by Plant With Purpose on October 21, 2014 in General

Language is an important part of culture. Words take on different meanings depending on where they’re spoken. Musicians are the artists who string together words and anchor their heritage. Juan Luis Guerra is one such artist whose lyrics speak prayers over his native land of the Dominican Republic.

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In his song “Ojalá que llueva café” Guerra prays for adequate sustenance for his fellow Dominicans who are harvesting from “conucos” or small plots of land. Conucos are the family farms that Plant With Purpose equips farmers to care for in a way that is both sustainable and productive. In the Dominican Republic, Plant With Purpose trainings help “campesinos” grow more food from their “conucos.”

Take a minute to listed to the song and join with us as we ask God to rain a bountiful harvest on all of Plant With Purpose’s partnering farmers.
 


 

“Ojalá que llueva café” de Juan Luis Guerra

 

 

“Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country” by Juan Luis Guerra

 

Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country,
may yuca and tea pour down
from heaven, a drizzle of white cheese
and to the south a mountain of watercress and honey

 

Oh, hopefully it’ll rain coffee.

 

Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country,
comb a high hill of wheat and mapuey*
come down a hill of grained rice
and continue the ploughing with your love

 

Oh, …

 

Hopefully the fall instead of dry leaves
dresses my harvest with bacon
sow a prairie with batatas* and strawberries
hopefully it’ll rain coffee.

 

So that there isn’t so much suffering in the small plots of land, oh man,
Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country,
So that they hear this song in Villa Vasquez
Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country.

 

Hopefully it’ll rain coffee, hopefully it’ll rain,
Hopefully it rain coffee in the country,
Hopefully it’ll rain coffee.

 

Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country,
sow a high hill of wheat and mapuey
go down the hill of grained rice
and continue the ploughing with your love

 

Oh, …

 

Hopefully the fall instead of dry leaves
dresses my harvest with bacon
sow a prairie with batatas* and strawberries
hopefully it’ll rain coffee.

 

So that there isn’t so much suffering in the small plots of land, listen,
Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country,
So that they hear this song in Los Montones
Hopefully it rains coffee in the country.

 

Hopefully it rains, hopefully it rains, oh man
Hopefully it rains coffee in the country,
Hopefully it rains coffee.

 

So that all the children sing in the country
Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country,
So that they hear this song in La Romana

 

Hopefully it’ll rain coffee in the country.
Oh, hopefully it rains, hopefully it rains, oh man,
Hopefully it rains coffee in the country.
Hopefully it rains coffee.

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* ‘jarina’ – drizzle
* ‘mapuey’ – a root
* ‘pitisale’ – a type of bacon
* ‘ombe’ – dialect for ‘hombre’ = ‘man’
* ‘conuco’ – small piece of land
* ‘La Romana’ – large city in the Dom. Rep.


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