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Oigo tu voz (1943)

I Hear Your Voice
lyrics by Francisco García Jiménez
music by Mario Canaro

Afraid of dying,
longing to be alive—
dreams or reality?
Something wants to become
a sunrise
in my solitude…
songs I have forgotten,
places I have left,
joys I have lost,
today with the emotions
inside my heart
everything returns to me!

I hear your voice,
and my ears can’t forget it.
Your voice brings
even to my hidden pains
the light and the life
of a ray of sunshine.
I listen again
to my name on your lips,
and I cannot tell
if the word I feel
is the wind’s deception,
only a hallucination.

Orquesta Ricardo Tanturi, singer Enrique Campos

Orquesta Lucio Demare, singer Raúl Berón

(Spanish original after the jump)

Oigo tu voz

Miedo de morir,
ansia de vivir,
¿sueño o realidad?
Algo quiere ser
un amanecer
en mi soledad…
cantos que olvidé,
sitios que dejé,
dichas que perdí…
hoy en la emoción
de mi corazón
¡todo vuelve a mí!

Oigo tu voz,
la que mi oído no olvida.
Me trae tu voz
hasta mi pena escondida
la luz y la vida
de un rayo de sol.
Vuelvo a escuchar
el nombre mío en tu acento,
sin descifrar
si es la palabra que siento
mentira del viento,
delirio, no más.

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.


4 thoughts on “Oigo tu voz (1943)

  1. Hello Derrick:
    Very nice work. Let’s get together (you, me and Bea) next week for coffee or at a milonga or some such. Talk literature and translation. Incidentally, I’ll have an appreciation of Mario Benedetti on BC Magazine (on the web) sometime next week. I’ll be posting a link to it on Facebook.
    Terry Clarke

    Posted by Terry Clarke | 05.21.2009, 7:22 PM
  2. Derrick,

    Thanks for this one. The Tanturi/Campos version is heard more often in the milongas. I love the Demare/Beron version as well. Interesting how each singer chose to end it differently.

    You are enriching my knowledge of tango and my appreciation for the lyrics with this site. I can’t always understand the lyrics from the speakers in the milonga, so reading them while listening to the recordings is a joy for me.

    Buenos Aires

    Posted by jantango | 05.23.2009, 5:41 PM
  3. Thanks Derrick. Good seeing you last night.

    Posted by Barry | 05.09.2013, 10:04 AM


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