Digo "Si," Señor / I Say "Yes," My Lord

This is a bi-lingual (English-Spanish) song about social justice issues and commitment to God.

It was written by American (Mexican-American and Cherokee heritage) Roman Catholic music minister, musician and composer, Donna Peña (b 1955) and has been arranged by Marty Haugen (b 1950). The song was first published in 1989.    The original lyrics are in Spanish, so there are variations in the tune when sung in English to accommodate translation.

Sheet music is available from GIA in the Give your Gift collection, and a five-part choral arrangement is available from SheetMusicPlus (link below).

The tune has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of Eb, the first few notes are b B B G FF.


1  To the God who cannot die: I say ’Yes’, my Lord. To the One who hears me cry: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. I say ‘Yes’ , my Lord. To the God of the oppressed: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. I say ‘Yes’ my Lord. To the God of all justice: Yes my Lord I say ‘Yes’ my Lord.  Refrain I say ‘Yes’, my Lord in all the good times, through all the bad times, I say ‘Yes’ my Lord to every word you speak    2   I am a servant of the Lord: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord.   I’m a worker in the fields: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. I am a prisoner of their wars: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord Like a politician, inevitably ‘Yes’, my Lord I say ‘Yes’ my Lord.  3  For the dream I have today: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. To be a healer of all pain: I say ‘Yes’ , my Lord. I say ‘Yes’ , my Lord. To come to love my enemies: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. For your peace in all the world: ‘Yes’, my Lord.  I say ‘Yes’ , my Lord.  4  Like that of Job, unceasingly: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. Like that of Maria wholeheartedly: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. I say ‘Yes’, my Lord. Like that of David in a song: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord.  Like Israel, for you I long: Yes my Lord. I say ‘Yes’ my Lord.


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Lyrics

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Spanish lyrics

1 Al Señor de eternidad, Digo si Señor.

Chorus:
Digo Si Señor
en tiempos malos y en tiempos buenos.
Digo Si Señor
a todo lo que hablas.

2 Soy un serviente del Señor, Digo si Señor.

3 Para el sueño que tengo hoy, Digo si Señor.

4 Como Job santamente, Digo si Señor.


English lyrics

1 To the God who cannot die: I say ’Yes’, my Lord ...

Refrain
I say ‘Yes’, my Lord in all the good times,
Through all the bad times,
I say ‘Yes’ my Lord to every word you speak.

2 I am a servant of the Lord: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord.

3 For the dream I have today: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord ...

4 Like that of Job, unceasingly: I say ‘Yes’, my Lord ...

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1: Al Señor de eternidad, Digo si Señor.
Al Señor que me escuscha, Digo si Señor.
Al Dios de los ofenidos, Digo si Señor.
Al Dios de justicia, Digo si Señor.

To the God who cannot die, I say "Yes," my Lord.
To the one who hears me cry, I say "Yes," my Lord.
To the God of the oppressed, I say "Yes," my Lord.
To the God of all justice, I say "Yes," my Lord.

Chorus:
Digo Si Señor
en tiempos malos y en tiempos buenos.
Digo Si Señor
a todo lo que hablas.

I say "Yes," my Lord,
in all the good times, through all the bad times.
I say "Yes," my Lord,
to every word you speak.

2 Soy un serviente del Señor, Digo si Señor.
y trabajo de los campos, Digo si Señor.
Soy un prisonero de sus Guerras, Digo si Señor.
Como un politico, inevitable, Digo si Señor.

I am a servant of the Lord, I say "Yes," my Lord.
I'm a worker in the fields, I say "Yes," my Lord.
I'm a prisoner of their wars, I say "Yes," my Lord.
Like a politician, inevitably, I say "Yes," my Lord.

3: Para el sueño que tengo hoy, Digo si Señor.
Para curar todos que estan sufriendo, Digo si Señor.
Para amar a mis enemigos, Digo si Señor
Para tu paz en los gobiernos, Digo si Señor.

For the dream I have today, I say "Yes," my Lord.
To be a healer of all pain, I say "Yes," my Lord.
To come to love my enemies, I say "Yes," my Lord.
For your peace in all the world, I say "Yes," my Lord.

4. Como Job santamente, Digo si Señor.
Como Maria completemente, Digo si Señor.
como David en una cancion, Digo si Señor.
como Israel que yo esperanza, Digo si Señor.

Like that of Job, unceasingly, I say "Yes," my Lord.
Like that of Maria, wholeheartedly, I say "Yes," my Lord.
Like that of David in a song, I say "Yes," my Lord.
Like Israel for you I long, I say "Yes," my Lord.

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