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Tabaco (1944)

Tobacco
lyrics by José María Contursi

music by Armando Pointier

Your voice rose from the shadows
like a distant rebuke.
Your voice weeps and calls my name
while the phantoms of this night
loom stranger still.
My eyes are shut
against the terror of silence
my heart, torn apart
because I still haven’t forgiven myself
for all the pain I caused you.

So much, so very much
do my hands miss your lover’s hands…
So much, so very much
am I stunned to find you so near yet so distant…
And as I smoke, the plumes form your image
and through the aroma of tobacco your fragrance
speaks to me from afar
about you forgetting and me going mad…
You, who lead a happy life,
perhaps tonight you’ll remember me…

It seems like an anguished dream
from which I awake, trembling
and the wilted violet petals
of that anguish are strewn about
and my eyes are sobbing.
Poor things, they stay shut
against the terror of silence;
my heart, torn apart
because I still haven’t forgiven myself
for all the pain I caused you.

Orquesta Aníbal Troilo, singer Francisco Fiorentino (1944)

Orquesta Miguel Caló, singer Raúl Iriarte (1944)

(Spanish original after the jump)
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