poesía de gotán:

Bajo el cono azul (1944)

Under the Blue Halo
lyrics by Carmelo Volpe

From my table I contemplate memory’s dance: Paris with its grandeur drowning my desires, the lost lover who you carry like a cross, the dance that is even sadder beneath a blue halo of light…

Under a blue halo of light
Susú is moving to the rhythm
of her nocturnal dance.
Alone, in the middle of the room
she subdues her heart,
tired of its pains…
Twenty years and one love
and then the betrayal
of the one she loved in Paris…
butterfly who wanted to reach the sun
but found only
the blue glow of a spotlight.

Under a blue halo
wrapped up in tulle
your silhouette spins across the dance floor.
And from here,
just like back in Paris,
I dream another of yesterday’s fantasies.

I don’t know if I loved you,
perhaps I wept
when you took your love far away…
Sad memories,
continue your dancing…
I was nothing but a poor little dreamer.

Orquesta Alfredo De Angelis, singer Floreal Ruiz

Orquesta Típica Victor, singer Alberto Carol

(Spanish original after the jump)

Bajo el cono azul

Contemplo de mi mesa la danza del recuerdo: Paris con su grandeza ahogando mis anhelos, y aquel que tu quisiste conservas cual la cruz, la danza que es más triste debajo el cono azul…

Bajo el cono azul de luz
bailando está Susú
su danza nocturnal.
Sola, en medio del salón
se oprime el corazón
cansada de su mal…
Veinte años y un amor
y luego la traición
de aquel que amó en París…
mariposa que al querer llegar al sol
sólo encontró
la luz azul de un reflector.

Bajo el cono azul
envuelta en el tul
gira tu silueta en el salón.
Y yo desde aquí
como allá en París
sueño igual que ayer, otra ilusión.

No sé si te amé,
acaso lloré
cuando te alejaste con tu amor…
Triste recordar,
sigue tu danzar…
yo era solo un pobre soñador.

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.


8 thoughts on “Bajo el cono azul (1944)

  1. I don’t understand how there are people that don’t care about the tango. If anybody likes poetry, here is a good way to understand somthing beautiful!!. I love all the tangos.

    Posted by Miguel | 10.11.2010, 8:31 AM
  2. Hi, we just started a new blog on tango history…each day we post an event that
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    Posted by zentango | 10.15.2010, 8:05 PM
  3. One of the very few De Angelis tangos that I can stand… Note that I say tangos, because I do like his valses.
    No sé si te amé,
    acaso lloré
    cuando te alejaste con tu amor…
    These lyrics really reach me…

    Posted by Jaimito El Zorro Gris | 10.17.2010, 3:47 PM
    • Jaimito, you are not alone in your distaste for De Angelis tangos. Of course the valses, especially the duos with Carlos Dante & Julio Martel are popular worldwide and in the U.S. as well, but his vocal tangos get little play, whereas his late instrumentals (especially “Pavadita”) have been overplayed to the point of cliché.
      Among porteños, however, there seems to be more of a taste for him. Personally, I really only like four of his tangos: this one, “Como se muere de amor,” “Gloria,” and “La vida me engañó.”

      Posted by poesiadegotan | 10.18.2010, 3:34 PM
      • Hello,
        actually, I’m a bit puzzled. According to your remarks, there seems to be a general dislike of Tangos from De Angelis.
        Up to now I always thought, that my taste of Tango-music was quite normal, but I have to admit, that I love dancing to at least two dozens of De Angelis Tangos.
        Is there anything wrong with me? If so, is there a cure?
        Kind regards,

        Posted by Norman | 11.10.2010, 12:35 PM
        • I would prescribe an immediate dose of D’Arienzo, followed by a Pugliese chaser, with long term Di Sarli treatments. Avoid Fresedo and Demare until you have been cured ;).

          But in all seriousness…

          Tango tastes vary by person, but also by region. For example, I found when living in the Bay Area that there are a certain group of songs played by most of the DJs there, that the people there love. Other things, like De Angelis tangos, are seldom heard there, or at any festivals in the U.S. I’ve attended in the last several years. However, they are popular in Buenos Aires. I can’t speak for Europe as I’ve never tangoed there…but if people in your community play and love De Angelis, that’s hardly “wrong” or abnormal.

          Posted by poesiadegotan | 12.08.2010, 6:13 PM
  4. I hope your’s listen “quien mas quien menos” canta Dante, also “Ya estamos iguales”, also Dante. Maybe don’t know the tango, if so, try it and telme if you liked. If not, tell me what don’t you liked. I think these two tangos are the most dramatic and a bit hard to understand and even more dificult to translate. Hope you posted in the future to all to enjoy!. Thanks for you work.

    Posted by Miguel | 10.19.2010, 7:50 AM
  5. Very nice website.

    Posted by Kaiyu | 04.30.2011, 2:44 AM

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