Abre La Puerta

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Abre La Puerta

A fantastic, infectious and upbeat community singing anthem in Spanish from Glen Phillips. This song is best done with guitar but can be effective without as well.

Composer & Copyright

Original song by Glen Phillips.


Recording by Glen Phillips with Lisa G. Littlebird, used with permission.



Part I:
 la puerta
Part II:
Que entre la vida
Que entre el sol
Que entre la tierra
En el corazon
Part III:
Somos los ojos
Los ojos de Dios


capo 3rd fret

Main Part: Am C G Am
Somos los ojos: C G G Am / C G G E

Teaching Notes

This is perhaps the easiest Spanish song I know of for teaching in community… singers of all levels of experience tend to pick it up quickly. It works well to teach parts 1 and 2 and play with those till they are solidified, then teach singers to listen for the chord change as a cue for part 3 and teach that. When simplifying the song harmonies can be taken out of part 1 and 3, and the final, wordless descant could be added by the songleader if the singers are holding their own on parts 1 and 2.

This recording is in the key of C minor. I sometimes share this song in lower keys by lowering or removing the capo.


Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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