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Pintor nacido en mi tierra
Con el pincel extranjero
Pintor que sigues el rumbo
De tantos pintores viejos

Aunque la virgen sea blanca
Pнntale angelitos negros
Que tambiйn se van al cielo
Todos los negritos buenos

Pintor si pintas con amor
Por quй desprecias su color?
Si sabes que en el cielo
Tambiйn los quiere Dios

Pintor de santos alcoba
Si tienes alma en el cuerpo
Por quй al pintar en tus cuadros
Te olvidaste de los negros

Siempre que pintas iglesias
Pintas angelitos bellos
Pero nunca te acordaste
De pintar un бngel negro

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    UnregisteredMay 7, 2012 at 11:15 am
    I loved the sound of the song. I knew it talked about black angels but when i was told the true meaning of the words by a puerto rican close friend of mine the song made me very sad and as a black female i wanted to weep but i know when satan was cast down i was not with him i chose to come here and spread love for that is the nature of my spirit. I am as my father for he is spirit and love and not of this world. I pass through and weep as i go. I too am a writer and singer.
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    UnregisteredNov 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    As an asian american immigrant, to me, this song reflects racism and stereotyping in human relationship, and how it affects non-whites. In this song, the writer portrays a little colored boy asking the painter "why you only paint white angels? Why not black or colored angels also , because color people also go to heaven? "

    The meaning of this song is indeed, very touching especially to non-white folks in america, the the land of the brave and the home of the free!

    Elsie sy-niebar
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    UnregisteredOct 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    In spanish culture, when a baby dies we say "it's an angel in heaven". This song is a call to spanish artists to depict angels of color in their paintings of heaven and convey a true meaning of angels in heaven... Paint not only white angels but angels of color, too.
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    UnregisteredApr 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm
    I am also a singer/songwriter and I heard this song on a collection of Boleros sung by Celia Cruz in Spanish. The translation above is how I understand it and although my skin is white, I am from Eastern European Jewish descent. My heart broke and I cried as the meaning unfolded. Personally, it's the feeling of being separated and on a deeper level I believe is the yearning to be one with the All in One which is in one and all. Perhaps, those that feel left out have been given this yearning to get closer to spiritual realization. Celia Cruz's version is well worth the listen for It's emotional stir.
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    UnregisteredMay 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm
    Painter, born in my country
    with a foreign brush,
    painter, for you follow the path
    of so many painters of old.

    Although the virgin is white,
    paint for her little black angels
    for they, too, are going to heaven,
    all the good little black ones.

    Painter, if you paint with love,
    why do you neglect your own color? If you know that in heaven,
    god loves them, too.

    Painter of alcove saints,
    if you have a soul in your body,
    why, when painting your paintings,
    have you forgotten the black ones?

    For you always paint churches;
    you paint beautiful little angels,
    but you have never agreed
    to paint a black angel.

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