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Nada más que un corazón (1944)

Nothing More Than a Heart
lyrics by Carlos Bahr

Nothing more
than your affection is what I desire.
It is the miracle that I demand
of life, as the reward
for all my wounds.
Nothing more
than your affection is what I desire,
since I’ve never yearned for a fate better
than winning the joy
of living for your love.

In return I can give you
nothing more than a heart
as sensitive and as humble as a song.
My imagination can lavish you with the praise
of dreams that promise a better fate—
but I have nothing, nothing more
than longings that draw me to you.
And though I want to give you the world,
I can give you only a heart
that beats for one love alone.

Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese, singer Roberto Chanel


Orquesta Aníbal Troilo, singer Alberto Marino


Orquesta Pedro Laurenz, singer Carlos Bermúdez

(Spanish original after the jump)

Nada más que un corazón

Nada más
que tu cariño es lo que quiero.
Es el milagro que a la vida
le reclamo como premio
por tanta herida.
Nada más
que tu cariño es lo que quiero,
pues nunca ansié mejor fortuna
que lograr esa ventura
de vivir para tu amor.

No puedo darte en cambio
más que un corazón
sentimental y humilde como una canción.
Podrá mi fantasía brindarte el halago
de sueños que prometen fortuna mejor—
pero yo no tengo nada, nada más
que anhelos que hacia ti me llevan.
Y aunque quiera darte un mundo,
solamente puedo darte un corazón
que late por un solo 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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