poesía de gotán:

Trasnochando (1942)

Out All Night
lyrics by Santiago Adamini
music by Armando Baliotti

Out all night
like every skull
who doesn’t see what’s coming,
who doesn’t know where he’s going.

I used to ignore
all your advice, my friend—
we almost became enemies
because you were honest with me.

They always were
my best companions,
the milonguero boys,
gamblers and something more,

and with them
I used to waste night after night
drinking, dancing, and partying
as my life just passed me by.

Out all night, I came to know
that name—now you know
I don’t want to repeat
what I told you last night.

I lost every last thing
all I kept of her
is the photo over there
that I don’t want to look at ever again.

Now that you know the whole story,
tomorrow when you come
you can take that photo,
throw it out or rip it up—

It’s all the same to me—
you can do whatever you want.
I don’t want to look at her anymore
or think about what she was to me.

Orquesta Miguel Caló, singer Raúl Berón (1942)

Orquesta Ángel D’Agostino, singer Ángel Vargas (1942)

(Spanish original after the jump)


como todo calavera
que no ve lo que le espera,
que no sabe adónde va.

tus consejos, buen amigo—
casi fuimos enemigos
por decirme la verdad.

Siempre fueron
mis mejores compañeros
los muchachos milongueros,
jugadores y algo más,

y con ellos
noche a noche derrochaba
entre copas, baile, y farra
esta vida que se va.

Trasnochando conocí
el nombre—que vos sabés
no quisiera repetir
lo que anoche te conté.

Todo, todo lo perdí
solo de ella conservé
esa foto que hay allí
y que ya no quiero ver.

Vos, que todo lo sabés,
mañana cuando venís
esa foto la guardás
la tirás o la rompés—

para mí lo mismo da—
vos hacé lo que querés.
No la quiero más mirar
ni pensar lo que ella fue.

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.



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