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En esta tarde gris (1941)

On This Gray Afternoon
lyrics by José María Contursi
music by Mariano Mores

How I long to cry
on this gray afternoon!
With its pitter-patter,
the rain speaks of you…
Regretful in the knowledge
that it is my fault, darling,
that I will never, ever see you again.
When I close my eyes
I see you, the same as yesterday:
trembling as you beg me
to love you once again…
and now it is your voice
that returns to me
on this gray afternoon:

“Come,”
you always said, so sadly,
“this solitude
is too much for my soul to take…
Come,
take pity on my suffering,
I am so tired of crying for you,
of suffering, of waiting for you,
and of talking,
always alone,
with my heart.
Come,
I love you so much
that if you don’t come today
I will end up drowning in my tears…
No!
I can’t live like this anymore,
with this love running me through
like an evil curse.”

Orquesta Aníbal Troilo, singer Francisco Fiorentino

Orquesta Francisco Canaro, singer Francisco Amor

(Spanish original after the jump)

En esta tarde gris

¡Qué ganas de llorar
en esta tarde gris!
En su repiquetear
la lluvia habla de ti…
Remordimiento de saber
que por mi culpa,
nunca, vida, nunca te veré.
Mis ojos al cerrar
te ven igual que ayer:
temblando al implorar
de nuevo mi querer…
y hoy es tu voz
que vuelve a mí
en esta tarde gris:

“Ven,”
triste me decías,
“que en esta soledad
no puede más el alma mía…
Ven
y apiádate de mi dolor,
que estoy cansada de llorarte,
sufrir, y esperarte,
y hablar,
siempre a solas,
con mi corazón.
Ven,
pues te quiero tanto,
que si no vienes hoy
voy a quedar ahogada en llanto…
¡No!
No puede ser que viva así,
con este amor clavado en mí
como una maldición.”

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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