Track of the Day: “Let the Children Play” by Santana

Santana’s third track on the album Moonflower “Let the Children Play” is a fun upbeat song. By using his style of Latin American rock music, he creates something fresh and different from all of the other artists in 1977.

The lyrics of the song constantly brings up the meaning that they want the children to play. After using the fun upbeat rhythms, it makes up for the theme. The song is quite addicting to listen to and it would be fun to dance to it or play with friends to it. It also seems that Santana has most likely had fun playing the music itself.

Around the second verse, the lyrics begin to change from English into Spanish. It brings up a home like feeling of where the band was from. And also you could imagine the ways that Santana would have played and grew up as a child, in their country.  After a bit of google translating, the lyrics become quite persistent. “I tell you, sir, that children want to play, they have to play, they have to play.” Perhaps they want the children to play so they could have a better childhood. Not many kids have the ability to have that, and in the end they end up growing up too fast forgetting what a childhood is supposed to be like. It could also make a reference to Santana that they want to stay young in life and have fun.

The song uses many Latin instruments such as bongos, maracas, a piano, bass and a guitar. The guitar is the only thing breaking out of the Latin rhythm making the song stronger. Of course it does suit the song even though it is played as a hard rock solo. The solo also in a way, makes the lyrics point stand out. The riff is quite scratchy and stands out from all of the instruments creating a powerful sound in the song.

I hope you enjoy the 1977 Santana song “Let the Children Play” down below and feel energetic for the rest of the day. You can also listen to the full album Moonflower on Spotify.


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