Hasta Siempre, Comandante

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"Hasta Siempre, Comandante," ("Until Forever, Commander" in English) or simply "Hasta Siempre," is a 1965 song by Cuban composer Carlos Puebla. The song's lyrics are a reply to revolutionary Che Guevara's farewell letter when he left Cuba, in order to foster revolution in the Congo and later Bolivia,[1] where he was captured and killed.

"Hasta siempre, comandante"
Song by Carlos Puebla
Songwriter(s)Carlos Puebla
The Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Cuba (detail)

The lyrics recount key moments of the Cuban Revolution, describing Che Guevara and his role as a revolutionary commander. The song became iconic after Guevara's death, and many left-leaning artists did their own cover versions of the song afterwards. The title is a part of Guevara's well known saying "¡Hasta la victoria siempre!" ("Until victory, always!").[2]

The song has been covered numerous times.

Metrical structureEdit

Like many of the songs of the author and in line with the tradition of the Cuban and Caribbean music, the song consists of a refrain plus a series of five verses (quatrain), rhyming ABBA, with each line written in octosyllabic verse.

3rd stanza
[1] (1)Vie-(2)nes (3)que-(4)man-(5)do (6)la (7)bri-(8)sa
[2] (1)con (2)so-(3)les (4)de (5)pri-(6)ma-(7)ve-(8)ra
[3] (1)pa-(2)ra (3)plan-(4)tar (5)la (6)ban-(7)de-(8)ra
[4] (1)con (2)la (3)luz (4)de (5)tu (6)son-(7)ri-(8)sa



There are more than 200 versions of this song.[3] The song has also been covered by Compay Segundo, Soledad Bravo,[4][5] Óscar Chávez,[6] Nathalie Cardone,[7] Robert Wyatt,[8] Nomadi, Inés Rivero, Silvio Rodríguez, Ángel Parra, Celso Piña, Veronica Rapella (whose performance is attributed to Joan Baez by a common mistake),[3] Rolando Alarcón, Los Olimareños, Maria Farantouri, Jan Garbarek, Wolf Biermann, Boikot, Los Calchakis (commonly wrongly attributed to Buena Vista Social Club[3]), George Dalaras, Apurimac, Giovanni Mirabassi and Al Di Meola, Ahmet Koç, Mohsen Namjoo, Enrique Bunbury, Verasy, Interitus Dei among others. Although Victor Jara never sang this song, many attribute the Carlos Puebla version to him by mistake.[3]

Nathalie Cardone versionEdit

"Hasta Siempre"
Single by Nathalie Cardone
Released7 July 1997
LabelColumbia / Sony
Songwriter(s)Carlos Puebla
Producer(s)Laurent Boutonnat
Music video
"Hasta Siempre" on YouTube

The most commercially successful version of the song was that made by singer Nathalie Cardone and produced by Laurent Boutonnat. Released as "Hasta Siempre", it reached number 2 on the French Singles chart and the top of the Belgian francophone Wallonia charts. The song stayerd 38 weeks on the French charts. A music video was also released.[9]

  • Single-CD
  1. "Hasta siempre" - 4:12
  2. "Hasta siempre (Guitar Mix)" - 4:17
  • Single-Maxi
  1. "Hasta siempre" - 4:18
  2. "Hasta siempre (Steve Baltes Extended Club Mix)" - 5:30
  3. "Hasta siempre (Steve Baltes Remix)" - 6:12
  4. "Hasta siempre (Steve Baltes On Air Mix)" - 3:45
  5. "Hasta siempre (Guitar Mix)" - 4:17
Chart (1997–1998) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 1
France (SNEP)[11] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 99

Inés Rivero versionEdit

"Che Guevara (Hasta Siempre)"
Single by Inés Rivero
Songwriter(s)Carlos Puebla

Simultaneously with Nathalie Cardone, Argentine model Inés Rivero released her own version under the title "Che Guevara (Hasta Siempre)". Released on the EMI label and reached number 18 on the French Singles chart. It spent 15 weeks on the French charts. This version was included in the compilation album Hit Express 4 in 1998.

Chart (1997–1998) Peak
France (SNEP)[13] 18

In popular cultureEdit

The first 8 lines of the song have also been rendered as prologue to a melody song in a Malayalam socio-political movie entitled Left Right Left released in 2013, directed by Arun Kumar Aravind and composed by Gopi Sunder.


  1. ^ Aviva Chomsky (13 December 2010). A History of the Cuban Revolution. John Wiley & Sons. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-4051-8774-9. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  2. ^ For some background information about the meaning and origin of this phrase see Hasta la victoria Siempre – always until victory!, 8. June 2020. In: Cubanews.de
  3. ^ a b c d "All versions of Some musics". Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  4. ^ "Soledad Bravo / Soledad - Version 1969". Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  5. ^ "Soledad Bravo / Hasta Siempre". Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  6. ^ "OSCAR CHAVEZ 20 Exitos". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  7. ^ "Nathalie Cardone / Hasta Siempre". 1997. Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  8. ^ "Nomadi Hasta Siempre Live 1995". 1995. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  9. ^ Nathalie Cardone YouTube Channel: Nathalie Cardone - Hasta siempre (Official Video HD)
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nathalie Cardone – Hasta Siempre" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Nathalie Cardone – Hasta Siempre" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nathalie Cardone – Hasta Siempre" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Inès Rivero – Che Guevara (Hasta Siempre)" (in French). Les classement single.

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