poesía de gotán:
B, E

En la buena y en la mala (1940)

In Good Times and In Bad Times
lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo

In good times I met you
and in bad times I lost you—
your love was the flash of a flare,
of brief, blue galas.
My wallet was the magnet
that drew your ambition
and you mimicked passion—
vampiress of my champagne nights,
never forget this:
In good times I met you
and in bad times I lost you—
but none of your bad memories
will come from me.

The curtain has fallen
on your little charade—
it died yesterday
from pleasure and from lies.
I gave you splendor,
my banknotes and my love,
Woman, I became,
against my will,
your plaything.
And because I treated you well,
I was a good man, yes,
today with no guilt
I can say:

In good times I met you
and in bad times I lost you—
and in the end I feel lonely
far away from you.

Orquesta Enrique Rodríguez, singer Armando Moreno

(Spanish original after the jump)

En la buena y en la mala

En la buena te encontré
y en la mala te perdí—
fue tu amor luz de bengala,
de azul y breves galas.
Mi cartera fue el imán
que a tu ambición
le hizo hacer un simulacro de pasión—
vampiresa de mis noches de champán,
nunca te olvides de que:
En la buena te encontré
en la mala te perdí,
y jamás un mal recuerdo
tendrás de mí.

Cayó el telón
sobre tu simulación—
difunto ayer
de mentira y placer.
Te di esplendor,
mis billetes y mi amor,
fui sin querer
tu juguete, mujer.
Y porque fui pa’ vos
un hombre bueno, sí,
hoy sin preocupación
puedo decir:

Que en la buena te encontré
y en la mala te perdí—
y al final me siento solo
lejos de ti.

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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