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Rebeldía (1946)

Rebellion
music and lyrics by Roberto Nievas Blanco & Oscar Rubens

With my hands so red from squeezing on my heart,
choking back a cry of rage,
rebellious, like water against fire,
like the sea against the rocks, today I rebel
against your tyrannical love
which doesn’t listen to reason,
I rebel against my own heart,
I’m asking you to go, to leave me,
to get out of here now—it’s for the best.

I know that afterwards I will cry,
that I will never forget you.
I know that every night without your laugh,
without your voice,
I will miss your love so much!
But I would rather lose you
than keep turning into your pawn
every time I see you.
No, just leave me, please!
Today my love has rebelled…

Against your tyrannical love,
which doesn’t listen to reason
I rebel against my own heart,
I’m asking you to go, to leave me,
to get out of here now—it’s for the best.

Orquesta Miguel Caló, singer Raúl Iriarte (1947)

(Spanish original after the jump)
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