Pink Martini – ¿Dónde estás, Yolanda?

“¿Dónde estás, Yolanda?” is a beautiful Latin American song, from Pink Martini’s 1997 album titled “Sympathique”. It is sung by the guest singer Emilio Delgado.

“¿Dónde estás, Yolanda?” is a song composed by Peruvian musician Manuel Jimenez Fernandez and made popular in the 1960s by Afro-Cuban singer Orlando Contreras and the Mexican group Sonora Santanera (an orchestra founded in 1955, still active and playing tropical music from Mexico with over 55 years of history).

The singer, Emilio Delgado (born May 8, 1940) is an American actor. He is best known for his long-running role as Luis, the friendly Fix-it Shop owner, on the children’s television series Sesame Street. Delgado joined the cast of Sesame Street in 1971 and has remained with the show ever since. He began his professional career in Los Angeles in 1968. Delgado lives in New York City with his wife Carole.

Emilio’s latest creative endeavor has been to sing and record with the internationally popular band Pink Martini. He has performed with the band at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York City, The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, in Woodinville, Washington at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, and in Portland, Oregon at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Crystal Ballroom and the Oregon Zoo. He appears on their album “Splendor in the Grass“, in which he recorded the song “Sing”, a duet with China Forbes.

Emilio Delgado with Pink Martini at the Oregon Zoo, August 27, 2010
Emilio Delgado with Pink Martini at the Oregon Zoo, August 27, 2010 (photo: oregonmusicnews.com)

Lyrics

Spanish

Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda x2
Tus ojos me miraron
Tus labios me besaron
Con ese fuego ardiente
Ardiente de mujer
La luz de tu mirada
El fuego de tus labios
Flecharon a mi pecho y
de ti me enamore
Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda x2
Dikedikeda!!
Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda x2
Me dicen que paseabas;
En un carro Yolanda
Muy guapa y arrogante;
Y todos te silbaban.
Si un dia te encontrara
No se que puedo hacer
No se me vuelvo loco
Si ya no te vuelvo a ver
Donde estas, donde estas, Yolanda
Que paso, que paso, Yolanda
Te busque, te busque, Yolanda
Y no estas, y no estas Yolanda x2

English (version 1)

Where are you, where are you, Yolanda?
What happened, What happened, Yolanda?
I looked for you, I looked for you, Yolanda
and you’re not there, you’re not there, Yolanda. x2
Your eyes gazed at mine
your lips kissed mine
with desire and passion,
the passion of a woman.
The sparkle in your eye
the fire of your lips
conquered my heart and
I fell in love with you.
Where are you, where are you, Yolanda?
What happened, What happened, Yolanda?
I looked for you, I looked for you, Yolanda
and you’re not there, you’re not there, Yolanda. x2
Ticky ticky tack!
Where are you, where are you, Yolanda?
What happened, What happened, Yolanda?
I looked for you, I looked for you, Yolanda
and you’re not there, you’re not there, Yolanda. x2
They tell me your were cruising
in your new car, Yolanda;
looking very pretty and
all the men whistled at you.
If someday I was to find you
I wouldn’t know what to do
and I think I will go crazy
if I never see you again.
Where are you, where are you, Yolanda?
What happened, What happened, Yolanda?
I looked for you, I looked for you, Yolanda
and you’re not there, you’re not there, Yolanda. x2

English (version 2)

Where are you, where are you Yolanda?
What went down what went down, Yolanda?
I look ’round, I look ’round, Yolanda!
Can’t find you, can’t find you, Yolanda!
Your eyes have looked at me
your lips were kissing me
with such an ardent flame
the fervour of a dame
The light in your eye stare
The heat of your lips’ flare
sent arrows through my chest
I love you I attest
(chorus)x2
Ticky ticky tack!
(chorus)x2
I’ve been told you were cruising
in a new car Yolanda
that’s neat and flashy kinda
and all whistled at you
If one day I stumble on you
I don’t know what I’ll do;
maybe I’ll lose my brain
if we don’t see again
(chorus)x2