poesía de gotán:

Lejos de Buenos Aires (1942)

Far from Buenos Aires
lyrics by Oscar Rubens
music by Alberto Suárez Villanueva

With a sorrowful grimace,
old, sad, and worthless,
walking with a slow step
I’m carrying my grief.
Far from the big city
that has seen me flourish,
in the strangest streets
I feel my soul start to darken.
No one sees my end,
nor do they care about my grief,
no one wants my friendship,
I’m alone with my bitterness.
And so I’ve wandered
since the day I arrived
after I abandoned everything
to chase a crazy dream.

And wandering aimlessly suddenly I was startled,
when I head a recording of that tango:
“Waiter, bring another drink,”*
sung by Carlos Gardel.
And hearing it I remembered everything from the past,
the happy years of my youth,
my old lady, my gang of friends,
that girl who I abandoned.
Tango, you brings such memories!
My Buenos Aires, I want to weep!

Orquesta Miguel Caló, singer Raúl Berón

Orquesta Aníbal Troilo, singer Francisco Fiorentino

*“La copa del olvido” is the tango referred to here.

(Spanish original after the jump)

Lejos de Buenos Aires

Con la mueca del pesar,
viejo, triste y sin valor,
lento el paso al caminar
voy cargando mi dolor.
Lejos de la gran ciudad
que me ha visto florecer,
en las calles más extrañas
siento el alma oscurecer.
Nadie observa mi final,
ni le importa mi dolor,
nadie quiere mi amistad,
sólo estoy con mi amargor.
Y así vago sin cesar
desde el día que llegué
cuando en pos de un sueño loco todo,
todo abandoné.

Y andando sin destino de pronto reaccioné
al escuchar de un disco el tango aquel:
“Mozo traiga otra copa,”
que lo cantaba Carlos Gardel.
Y al escucharlo recordé todo el pasado,

los años mozos tan felices que pasé:
mi viejecita, la barra amiga,
la noviecita que abandoné.
Tango, ¡que trae recuerdos!
Mi Buenos Aires, ¡quiero llorar!

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 “Lejos de Buenos Aires (1942)

  1. How nice that you followed this tango with the one of Vacarezza, showing how Rubens used his lyrics and made reference to Gardel.

    Posted by jantango | 05.09.2009, 2:58 AM


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