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Siempre es carnaval (1937)

It’s Always Carnival
lyrics by Emilio Fresedo
music by Osvaldo Fresedo

It’s always Carnival…
streamers swirl all around,
some are wide and some are thin,
they make us wobble, just a bit.

And when the mask is gone
from the costume that you wear
revealing your innocent face,
all year long is Carnival!

Long live the Carnival!
You always see the little lights,
you are the eternal masquerade,
you take pleasure in playing tricks.

And when the mask is gone
from the costume that you wear
revealing your innocent face,
all year long is Carnival!

Orquesta Osvaldo Fresedo, singer Roberto Ray

(Spanish original after the jump)

Siempre es carnaval

Y siempre es carnaval…
van cayendo serpentinas,
unas gruesas y otras finas
que nos hacen tambalear.

Y cuando en tu disfraz
la careta queda ausente
en tu cara de inocente,
todo el año es carnaval.

¡Y viva el carnaval!
Vos ves siempre lucecitas,
sos la eterna mascarita
que gozás con engañar.

Y cuando en tu disfraz
la careta queda ausente
en tu cara de inocente,
¡todo el año es carnaval!

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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