poesía de gotán:

Te aconsejo que me olvides (1926)

I’d Advise You to Forget Me
lyrics by Jorge Crui
music by Pedro Maffia

I received your last letter
in which you wrote to me:
“I’d advise you to forget me,
everything we had is dead.
I just want my portrait
and all of my letters back—
you know it’s not fair
that you’re still keeping all those things.”

Today you’ve realized your mistake,
you’re afraid that I’ll say…
that I’ll tell your husband
about out intimate friendship—
I’m man enough, I won’t sell you out,
I’m not one to cause a scandal!
I’m aware that, if I talk,
I’d destroy your happiness.

But you can’t deny
that when you were mine,
you said that you loved me,
that you weren’t going to forget me,
and, blinded by your feelings,
you used to kiss my mouth
like a crazy woman,
so thirsty, girl, for love…

Orquesta Aníbal Troilo, singer Francisco Fiorentino (1941)

Orquesta Francisco Lomuto Instrumental (1928)

(Spanish original after the jump)

Te aconsejo que me olvides

Recibí tu última carta
en la cual tú me decías:
“Te aconsejo que me olvides,
todo ha muerto entre los dos.
Sólo pido mi retrato
y todas las cartas mías,
ya lo sabes que no es justo
que aún eso conserves vos.”

Hoy reconocés la falta,
tenés miedo que yo diga…
que le cuente a tu marido
nuestra íntima amistad—
¡Soy muy hombre, no te vendo,
no soy capaz de una intriga!
Lo comprendo que, si hablara,
quiebro tu felicidad.

Pero no vas a negar
que cuando vos fuiste mía
dijiste que me querías,
que no me ibas a olvidar.
Y que, ciega de cariño,
me besabas en la boca
como si estuvieras loca—
sedienta, nena, de amar.

About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.


3 thoughts on “Te aconsejo que me olvides (1926)

  1. chido el poema me recuerda mi ex tania a la que yo llamaba manzanita ahun la amo pero se ke no regresara ami lado :/

    Posted by javi | 04.01.2011, 6:32 AM


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