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post Oct 14th 2009, 12:49 PM
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Riu Riu Chiu is one of the best surprises of David's CFTH for me. I really love and it's so fun to sing along to even though I don't understand it word for word. Maybe someone can post the lyrics and translation. original.gif

Who else loves this song?


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post Nov 2nd 2009, 3:12 PM
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bigarchiefan at dabuzzing.org did a write up about this song.

The Song of the Week is…
“Riu, Riu, Chiu”

nightingale“Riu, Riu, Chiu” is a Spanish carol written in so-called villancico style, a rustic song form popular in post-Renaissance Spain. The words in the title, “Riu, Riu, Chiu,” are the vocalizations of the sounds made by the nightingale, which means ‘night songstress’. Early writers assumed the female sang, but in fact the male nightingale is the singer. Listen to twelve vocalizations from this marvelous bird! Among other lovely sounds, you will easily hear “riu, riu, chiu.”

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, villancico consisted of two parts, beginning with the refrain, or estribillo, which alternates with the stanza, or copla. The copla has two parts, the mudanza and the vuelta. The vuelta rhymes with the last line of the mudanza but is sung to the melody of the estribillo. This overlap of poetic and musical form is characteristic of the villancico. This carol was one of the more widely known works in Medieval times. Beginning in the 17th century, the poetic text became sacred, connected in some aspect with Christian principles or beliefs. Today the term villancico refers to the Spanish Christmas Carol. Translations vary in order to better understand the song’s original archaic words and meanings.

Some believe that the writer of “Riu, Riu, Chiu” is anonymous, and its text may have been originally written in Portuguese, but others think the song may have been written by Mateo Flecha (1481-1553). Mateo Flecha was a Renaissance-era Spanish composer noted for his ‘ensaladas,’ a sort of eclectic vocal form, usually incorporating humorous verse, with a reference about Christmas.

The melody for “Riu, Riu, Chiu” most likely dates back to the fifteenth century or earlier. The main theme of the song as sung by the “nightingale” is lively and rhythmic. With its appealing blend of Renaissance-era elegance and peasant-like festivity, “Riu, Riu, Chiu” is a catchy, memorable tune. The words tell of the Blessed Mother Mary and her son Christ, the Redeemer, and the way God protected them from Satan, the wolf!

Here now is David singing “Riu, Riu, Chiu” from his album Christmas from the Heart. I have provided the lyrics he sings below, so you may follow along.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtVXQhc2j4k&feature

“Riu, riu, chiu” as sung by David Archuleta

Riu, riu, chiu
La guarda ribera
Dios guarde el lobo
De nuestra cordera

Riu, riu, chiu
La guarda ribera
Dios guarde el lobo
De nuestra cordera

Riu, riu, chiu, Riu, riu, chiu
Riu, riu, chiu, Riu, riu, chiu

El lobo rabioso la quiso morder
Mas Dios poderoso la supo defender
Quisole hazer que no pudiesse pecar
Ni aun original la Virgen no tuviera
Riu, riu, chiu
La guarda ribera….

Este viene a dar a los muertos vida
Y viene a reparar de todos la caida
Es la luz del dia aqueste mocuelo
Este es el cordero que San Juan dixera
Riu, riu, chiu, Ooh riu, riu, chiu
Riu, riu, chiu, Por guarda ribera

Este qu’es nascido es el gran monarca
Cristo patriarca de carne vestido
Hanos redimido con se hazer chiquito
Aunqu’era infinito, finito se hizera
Riu, riu, chiu
La guarda ribera…

Here are the original Spanish lyrics to “Riu, Riu, Chiu”. (Note: David sang only the first three verses with the repeating chorus.)

Riu, riu, chiu
La guarda ribera
Dios guarde el lobo
De nuestra cordera

El lobo rabioso la quiso morder
Mas Dios poderoso la supo defender
Quisole hazer que no pudiesse pecar
Ni aun original esta Virgen no tuviera
Riu, riu, chiu

Este viene a dar a los muertos vida
Y viene a reparar de todos la caida
Es la luz del dia aqueste mocuelo
Este es el cordero que San Juan dixera
Riu, riu, chiu

Este qu’es nascido es el gran monarca
Cristo patriarca de carne vestido
Hanos redimido con se hazer chiquito
Aunqu’era infinito, finito se hizera
Riu, riu, chiu

Muchas profecias lo han profetizado
Y aun en nuestros dias lo hemos alcancado
A Dios humanado vemos en el suelo
Y al hombre nel cielo porqu’er le quisiera
Riu, riu, chiu

Yo vi mil Garzones que andavan cantando
Por aqui bolando, haciendo mil sones
Diziendo a gascones Gloria sea en el cielo
Y paz en el suelo qu’es Jesus nascieta
Riu, riu, chiu

Pues que ya tenemos lo que desseamos
Todos juntos vamos presentes llevemos
Todos le daremos nuestra voluntad
Pues a se igualar con el hombre viniera
Riu, riu, chiu

And finally, the original Spanish lyrics translated into English go something like this:

‘Riu, riu, chiu,’ cried the nightingales by the riverside.
God kept the wolf [Satan] away from our lamb [the Virgin Mary].

The raging wolf wanted to bite her,
but the more powerful God knew how to protect her.
He wanted to make her incapable of sin,
and this Virgin did not even have original sin.

He who is born is a great King,
Christ the Patriarch clothed in human flesh.
He has redeemed us by making himself a child:
Although he is immortal, he made himself mortal.

As St. John the prophecy foretold it,
And in our time we have seen it fulfilled.
We see God in human form here on Earth,
and man raised to heaven because God loved him.

Since now we have our hearts’ desire,
let us all go together bearing gifts;
we shall all submit our will to him,
because he came to make himself equal with man.


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post Nov 2nd 2009, 3:20 PM
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QUOTE(cutter12 @ Nov 2nd 2009, 3:12 PM) *

bigarchiefan at dabuzzing.org did a write up about this song.

The Song of the Week is…
“Riu, Riu, Chiu”

Nice! Very informative write up!

Riu Riu Chiu also got a cool mention in a music review of CFTH on thefish.com:
http://www.thefish.com/music/reviews/11610493/

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Equally captivating is another oddball choice, "Riu Riu Chiu," a rather somber tune that's sung in Spanish. But thanks to those smooth, polished vocals of Archuleta's, the song really sticks with you, even with repeated listens, which is usually a sign of its timeless quality.

I still love listening to it. And since it's not the typical Christmas song, I feel like I can listen to it at any time of the year.


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md78   The Official Riu Riu Chiu Thread   Oct 14th 2009, 12:49 PM
katmcpheefanx   It's my favorite along with JTTW. :wub:   Oct 14th 2009, 12:51 PM
watchtower   Count me in! :D I think this track is fantast...   Oct 14th 2009, 12:52 PM
KL48   I love this track too. I know about 20 words in Sp...   Oct 14th 2009, 1:01 PM
blue123   i love this song! love love love it! love ...   Oct 14th 2009, 1:04 PM
tibitibi   I'm an spanish person and i'm really, rea...   Oct 14th 2009, 1:08 PM
wamu1990   I'm an spanish person and i'm really, re...   Oct 14th 2009, 1:39 PM
ronaldsf   YAY!! There's a thread for this now...   Oct 14th 2009, 1:14 PM
md78   Some positive reviews for Riu Riu Chiu from the Re...   Oct 14th 2009, 1:14 PM
zs803   Riu Riu is one of my favorites, if not my favorite...   Oct 14th 2009, 1:58 PM
chenson   Riu Riu is one of my favorites, if not my favorit...   Oct 14th 2009, 3:32 PM
israeliarchie   MY FAVORITE :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :w...   Oct 14th 2009, 3:15 PM
Kailey :D   Definitely one of my favorites :wub: I don't ...   Oct 14th 2009, 3:19 PM
md78   I think Jive should send Riu Riu Chiu to the Spani...   Oct 14th 2009, 5:48 PM
blue123   I think Jive should send Riu Riu Chiu to the Span...   Oct 15th 2009, 11:06 AM
trudi   I go back and forth between this song and Pat-A -P...   Oct 14th 2009, 5:52 PM
archiefanatic15   :'( :'( :wub: :w00t: :'( :"...   Oct 14th 2009, 5:58 PM
LizArchie10   Riu riu chiu, la guarda riberaaaaa :music: Love ...   Oct 14th 2009, 7:46 PM
watchtower   I think this is my favorite track now. Ask me agai...   Oct 15th 2009, 11:16 AM
millan2sky   :omg: gah! 2:16 - 2:49 :wub:   Oct 15th 2009, 11:44 AM
aliens-united   Him singing in Spanish! :D~ :wub:   Oct 16th 2009, 6:35 AM
Lucy86   Sexy Spanish! :wub:   Oct 17th 2009, 1:47 AM
cutter12   bigarchiefan at dabuzzing.org did a write up about...   Nov 2nd 2009, 3:12 PM
md78   bigarchiefan at dabuzzing.org did a write up abou...   Nov 2nd 2009, 3:20 PM
watchtower   Nice! Very informative write up! Riu Riu...   Nov 2nd 2009, 9:31 PM
Archu-lover   I agree :haha: I love your sig :omg: I love the...   Nov 6th 2009, 2:02 PM
blue123   [b]And finally, the original Spanish lyrics tra...   Nov 2nd 2009, 5:11 PM
tibitibi   bigarchiefan at dabuzzing.org did a write up abou...   Nov 2nd 2009, 5:44 PM
<3 I Wuv Clay <3   I'm listening to it right now. :wub:   Nov 3rd 2009, 1:28 PM
cutter12   Found this over at FOD: Riu Riu Chiu, blog topic...   Jan 11th 2010, 4:34 AM
blue123   ^ thank you for that. i like all the different ver...   Jan 11th 2010, 11:06 AM


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