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La bruja (1938)

The Witch
lyrics by Francisco Gorrindo

Drowning this scream
that rises up from my chest,
and arrives on my lips charged with malice,
I return to your side, with my hands tied,
but only to tell you that everything’s over,
that I don’t care anymore
about your laughter or your weeping,
that by a feat of courage
I conquered my heart,
and today more than ever,
taking a closer look at you,
I really see you, just as you are:

The witch
who yesterday was the queen
of my whole being,
today, once the spell is broken,
is nothing more than a woman.
The witch,
a whole pile of whims
that enslaved me
is today a landscape covered with horror.

Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo, singer Alberto Echagüe


(Spanish original after the jump)

La bruja

Ahogando este grito
que sube del pecho,
y llega a los labios carga’o de rencor,
yo vuelvo a tu lado, atadas las manos,
pero pa’ decirte que todo acabó,
que ya no me importa
tu risa o tu llanto,
que a fuerza de coraje
vencí al corazón,
y que hoy como nunca
mirándote cerca,
te veo realmente, así como sos:

La bruja
que ayer fue la reina
de todo mi ser,
hoy, roto el encanto,
no es más que mujer.
La bruja,
montón de caprichos
que me esclavizó,
hoy es un paisaje cubierto de horror.

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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2 thoughts on “La bruja (1938)

  1. Thanks Derrick! This song is going to be on my next playlist!

    Posted by Allen Klus | 09.22.2009, 5:00 AM

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