Why not put up a plaque about this Gibraltarian song?

Dear Sir,

 Being a regular reader of Panorama, on the 14/05/18 I read an interesting column, by Dorothy Elicott; Street Names, interesting because, like me many others I believe, don’t know the origin of the names registered on them.


Having said that, it came to my mind that the writer and composer of the very popular song between us, basically the Gibraltar anthem (Llevame donde Naci) by Pepe Roman, has been forgotten by most of our politicians and never found a place between our streets or a block of flats.


From the pages of your prestigious paper I would call the attention of our politicians to do a small effort to find a corner to fix a well-deserved plaque with the name of Pepe Roman.


Yours sincerely




Here is an extract:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


“Llévame Donde Nací”


Patriotic song








1930s USA




Traditional music




Pepe Roman




Pepe Roman


Llévame Donde Nací (English: Take Me Back To Where I Was Born) is the title of a traditional Spanish language patriotic song about Gibraltar attributed to Gibraltarian, guitarist and composer Pepe Roman.[1]


The song was written in the early 1930s after many Gibraltarians emigrated to the United States of America in search of job opportunities, but were instead faced with the hardships of the Great Depression. The song reflects the disillusion, anxiety and homesickness of these emigrants.


During the Second World War, this song became an anthem for those civilians who were evacuated from The Rock.


The song’s popularity was maintained thereafter as Spanish sovereignty claims over Gibraltar during the 1960s leading to the eventual closure of the land frontier, resulting in complete isolation from the hinterland, gave rise to an increase in patriotic fervour.


Current use:


Llévame Donde Nací is now one of many patriotic songs sung by crowds at big public events such as political demonstrations and cultural events. The most notable being the Gibraltar National Day when it is sung by a school choir outside the City Hall every 10 September before the Mayor reads the National Day Declaration.[3]


It is also the tune played by the chimes of the clock situated atop Watergate House at Grand Casemates Square on the hour.