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Yuyo verde (1944)

Green Weeds
lyrics by Homero Expósito

music by Domingo Federico

Alleyway…alleyway…
so distant…so distant…
lost, we wandered hand in hand
beneath a summer sky
dreaming in vain…
A streetlamp…a gate…
—just like in a tango
the two of us lost, hand in hand
beneath a summer sky
that has gone…

Let me weep uncontrollably,
with the agèd tears of a farewell…
down where the alleyway disappears
sprouted those green weeds
of forgiveness…
Let me weep as I remember you
—braids that bind me to the gate—

You are in the land of no return,
not even the green weeds of forgiveness
can bring you back…

Where are you…where are you?
Where could you have gone?
Where are my nest’s feathers,
the feeling of having truly lived
and that affection?
A streetlamp…a gate…
—just like in a tango—

and the tears as I weep into my hands
and that summer sky
that has gone…

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Orquesta Rodolfo Biagi, singer Jorge Ortiz (1945)

(Spanish original after the jump)
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The sound files on this site are included for illustrative purposes only. Those wishing to obtain high quality versions for their personal collections should purchase commercially available copies. If you can't get to a record store in Buenos Aires, a great many tangos are available, song by song, from http://www.tangotunes.com/ and others can be found on iTunes (transfer quality varies widely). Many CDs are available through online retailers such as Michael Lavocah's superb http://milonga.co.uk/.

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