La Bamba chords and lyrics

by Ritchie Valens

  • La Bamba is an Mexican Folk Song made popular by Ritchie Valens in 1958. In 1987, the band Los Lobos recorded some Ritchie Valens covers for the soundtrack of the film 'La Bamba' including the title track which starred Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens.
  • Released: October 18, 1958
  • Album: Ritchie Valens
  • Music: C Major in 4/4 time at 156 bpm. The version by Ritchie Valens is ~ 140 bpm.
  • Chords: C, F, G

La Bamba by Ritchie Valens

Intro Tab:

Intro Tab


                     C     F   G
1. Pa-ra bai-lar La Bam-ba 
              F      C          F      G
   Pa-ra bai-lar La Bam-ba__ Se ne-ces-si-ta
        F         C       F    G 
   Un-a po-ca de gra-cia
        F         C              F         G
   Un-a po-ca de gra-cia__ Pa-ra mi, pa-ra ti
        F           C          F      G
   Y ar-ri-ba, y ar-ri-ba
        F           C           F     G
   Y ar-ri-ba, y ar-ri-ba__ Por ti se re 
       F     C       F     G
   Por ti se re, por ti se re

                   C     F   G
2. Yo no soy mar-i-ne-ro 
          F        C            F     G
   Yo no soy mar-i-ne-ro__ Soy cap-i-tan
        F     C          F     G
   Soy cap-i-tan___ Soy cap-i-tan
   
         C    F    G      F    C    F    G      F
Chorus: Bam - ba, Bam-ba___   Bam - ba, Bam-ba
         C    F    G      F         C     F    G
        Bam - ba, Bam-ba___   Bam - ba...

                        C     F   G   
3. Pa-ra bai-lar La Bam-ba 
              F      C          F      G
   Pa-ra bai-lar La Bam-ba__ Se ne-ces-si-ta
        F         C       F    G 
   Un-a po-ca de gra-cia
        F         C              F         G
   Un-a po-ca de gra-cia__ Pa-ra mi, pa-ra ti
        F           C 
   Y ar-ri-ba, y ar-ri-ba
   
Instr: ||  C    F  |  G    F  |  C    F  |  G    F  || x5
          (ri-ba)

Intro: ||  C    F  |     G     |  C    F  |   G   ||
                                                 (Pa-ra bai-lar La)

                     C     F   G
4. Pa-ra bai-lar La Bam-ba 
              F      C          F      G
   Pa-ra bai-lar La Bam-ba__ Se ne-ces-si-ta
         F         C       F    G 
   Un-a po-ca de gra-cia
        F         C              F         G
   Un-a po-ca de gra-cia__ Pa-ra mi, pa-ra ti
        F           C          F      G
   Y ar-ri-ba, y ar-ri-ba
        F           C           F     G
   Y ar-ri-ba, y ar-ri-ba__ Por ti se re 
       F     C       F     G
   Por ti se re, por ti se re
   
         C    F    G      F    C    F    G     F
Chorus: Bam - ba, Bam-ba___   Bam - ba, Bam-ba
         C    F    G      F    C    F    G     F
        Bam - ba, Bam-ba___   Bam - ba, Bam-ba

Outro: 

C Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Column of 3's: Barre 2nd finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
alt: alternative chord voicing

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
           C                  F                G(alt)               G
    e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|-3-|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-1-|---| 
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-2-| 
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          3   4   5          1   2   3

Barre Chords:
           C                 F                   G 
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|-3-|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|
    G|-1-|---|-3-|     G|-1-|-2-|---|     G|-1-|-2-|---|
    D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-4-|     D|-1-|---|-4-|
    A|-1-|---|---|     A|-1-|---|-3-|     A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|-1-|---|---|     E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  3   4   5          1   2   3          3   4   5

Please Note: I have included some diffent chord voicings for you to play
             around with. The easiest way to play, is using the first 3
             charts (C F G) using the G(alt) voicing. This allows you to 
             use exactly the same shape for F & G with a simple 2 fret slide
             between the 2 chords.

             If you are using electric guitar, you may want to try the
             barre chords.
      
Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          C                  F                G(alt)               G
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |-3-|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |-3-|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          5   4   3          3   2   1  Frets
      
Barre Chords:
          C                  F                  G 
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |-3-|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B
    |-3-|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G     |---|-2-|-1-|G
    |-3-|---|-1-|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D     |-4-|---|-1-|D
    |---|---|-1-|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A     |-3-|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|-1-|E     |---|---|-1-|E
      5   4   3          3   2   1          5   4   3  Frets

Ritcie Valens

Born: Richard Steven Valenzuela on May 13, 1941 in Pacoima, California, U.S.

Died: February 3, 1959 (aged 17) in Clear Lake, Iowa, U.S. He died in a light plane crash along with Buddy Holly and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

Music Styles: Rock and roll, Chicano rock

Profession: Singer, songwriter, guitarist

Active Years: 1957-1959 (died in a light plane crash)

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