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Can you hear the drum Fernando?
I remember long ago another starry night like this
In the firelight Fernando, you were humming to yourself
And softly strumming your guitar, I could hear the distant drums
And sounds of bugle calls were coming from the far

They were closer now Fernando
Every hour, every minute seemed to last eternally
I was so afraid Fernando, we were young and full of life
And none of us prepared to die, and I’m not ashamed to say
The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry

* There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright Fernando
They were shining there for you and me for liberty Fernando
Though we never thought that we could lose, there’s no regret
If I had to do the same again I would my friend Fernando
If I had to do the same again I would my friend Fernando

Now we’re old and grey Fernando
And since many years I have’t seen a rifle in your hand
Can you hear the drums Fernando?
Do you still recall the frightful night we crossed the Rio Grande?
I can see it in your eyes
How proud you were to fight for freedom in this land

(Repeat *)