poesía de gotán:

Rondando tu esquina (1945)

Pacing Around Your Corner
lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo

Tonight I desperately want to go looking for her,
to wipe our slate clean and just forgive her.
(Tonight I desperately want to forget her,
yet still I feel crazy urges to go looking for her!)
I never cared about the things they say,
nor any of the gossip they toss about—
people will always talk anyway.
I think only about her every single moment—
this terrible passion is devouring me!
But of course she doesn’t know,
she doesn’t even suspect
how much I want to return…

What have you done to me, my darling
to make me so sad, day and night?
I’m always pacing around your corner,
I’m always staring at your house,
and this passion wounds me
and this sorrow will not leave me.
How long must I go on suffering
the torment of your love?

Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Roberto Chanel

Orquesta Ángel D’Agostino, singer Ángel Vargas

*Once again, Pugliese and Chanel change whole lines in the song. Their version appears in italics. Vargas sings Cadícamo’s original lines, as can be determined by looking at the sheet music.
(Spanish original after the jump)

Rondando tu esquina

Esta noche tengo ganas de buscarla,
de borrar lo que ha pasado y perdonarla.
(Esta noche tengo ganas de olvidarla,
y sin embargo, ¡qué ansias locas de buscarla!)

Ya no me importa el qué dirán
ni de las cosas que hablarán—
¡total la gente siempre habla!
Yo no pienso más que en ella a toda hora—
¡es terrible esta pasión devoradora!
Y ella siempre sin saber,
sin siquiera sospechar
mis deseos de volver…

¿Qué me has dado, vida mía,
que ando triste noche y día?
Rondando siempre tu esquina,
mirando siempre tu casa,
y esta pasión que lastima,
y este dolor que no pasa.
¿Hasta cuando iré sufriendo
el tormento de tu amor?

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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