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Tenía que suceder (1955)

It Had to Happen
lyrics by Julio Camilloni
music by Arturo Gallucci

Don’t tell my fortune, gypsy woman—
What for?
Just let my life take me where it will,
suddenly, surprisingly, like it did yesterday.
I am a man set on his path,
who accepts his destiny as it comes,
if I don’t shed tears over what’s done,
I can’t lose more than what’s already lost.

I did nothing more than love,
and I defended my love.
As it was written,
so it had to happen.
I didn’t want to shed any blood
but I couldn’t avoid it…
You shouldn’t read my palms
I can’t show them to you now…

I told him, “I don’t want my shadow
to fall across your window grate.”
But my words were wind,
a note that hangs in the air and fades away.
Because last night the shadow fell
and the man fell down dead.
Don’t tell my fortune—
my future luck doesn’t matter at all.

I did nothing except love,
and I defended my love.
As it was written,
so it had to happen.
I didn’t want to shed any blood
but I couldn’t avoid it…
You shouldn’t read my palms
I can’t show them to you now…

Orquesta Carlos Di Sarli, singer Mario Pomar (1955)

Orquesta Alfredo De Angelis, singer Carlos Dante (1955)

(Spanish original after the jump)
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