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"Cuban Pete" is a 1946 song by the late Joseph Norman, and popularized by the late actor/musician Desi Arnaz in the 1946 film Cuban Pete. The song was later used in the 1994 film The Mask, where Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask sings it to distract police officers chasing him.

The Mask version was performed by Ipkiss/The Mask's actor Jim Carrey.

Lyrics

They raved about Sloppy Joe
The latin labarrio
But Havana has a new sensation
He's really a modest guy
Although he's the hottest guy in Havana
And here's what he has to say

They call me Cuban Pete
I'm the king of the rhumba beat
When I play the maracas I go chick chicky boom, chick chicky boom

Yes sir I'm Cuban Pete
I'm the craze of my native street
When I start to dance everything goes chick chicky boom

The senoritas, they sing and how they swing with this rumbero
It's very nice, so full of spice
And when they're dancin they bring a happy ring the maraquero
Singin a song, all the day long

So if you like the beat
Take a lesson from cuban pete,
And I'll teach you to chick chicky boom, chick chicky boom

Si, senorita, I know that you will like the chicky boom chick
'Cause it's the dance of latin romance
And Cuban Pete doesn't teach you in a hurry like Authur Murry
You're now in Havana and there's always manyana

So senorita please
Take it easy, do it with ease
And you'll love it when you do the
Chick chicky boom, chick chicky boom

They call me Cuban Pete,
I'm the king of the Rumba beat,
When I play the Maracas I go
Chick chicky boom
Chick chicky boom

Yes, sir, I'm Cuban Pete
I'm the craze, of my native street
When I start to dance, everything goes
Chick chicky boom
Chick chicky boom

The senorita's they sing,
And then they swing with their lumbaro.
It's very nice!
So full of spice
And when they dance and they bring a happy ring,
They're a care-o, singing a song....
Al- day long!

So if you like the beat,
Take a lesson from Cuban Pete,
And I'll teach you to
Chick chicky boom
Chick chicky boom
Chick chicky boom!

He's really a modest guy although he's the hottest guy
In Havana in Havana.

Si Senorita, I know that you would like to chicky boom chick.
It's very nice!
So full of spice!
I place my hand on your hip and if you will just give me your hand,
Then we shall try,
Just you and I...
Aye aye aye!
So if you like the beat,
Take a lesson from Cuban Pete,
And I'll teach you to
Chick chicky boom
Chick chicky boom
Chick chicky boom!

Other Appearances

  • The Desi Arnaz version was performed by him in the television series I Love Lucy, and was featured on the albums Cinco de Mayo - Classic Mexican Celebration and The Best of Desi Arnaz: The Mambo King.
  • The Mask version was featured on the film's soundtrack.

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