poesía de gotán:

Cristal (1944)

lyrics by José María Contursi
music by Mariano Mores

My heart has been torn to pieces,
my emotions shattered on this day…
Night after night without rest
and this unease inside my soul…
So, so many years have passed—
my life and my hair are gray!
Mad, nearly dead, crushed,
my spirit still remains chained
to our youth.

More fragile than crystal,
was my love
by your side…
Crystal your heart, your gaze, your laugh…
your dreams and my voice
and our shyness
softly trembling on your balcony…
And now all I know
is that all was lost
the evening when I was absent.
I will never return, I know,
I know it well, never again!
Perhaps you will wait for me
with God, on the other side…

Everything has ended for me,
everything has become oblivion for me.
A tragic lesson is what remains
of the dark hours I have lived.
So, so many years have passed—
my life and my hair are gray!
Alone, always alone, and forgotten,
my spirit still remains chained
to our youth.

Orquesta Aníbal Troilo, singer Alberto Marino

Orquesta Francisco Canaro, singer Carlos Roldán

Susana Rinaldi

Neither Roldán nor Marino sing the italicized verse. Rinaldi sings “loneliness” instead of “unease” in the fourth line.

(Spanish original after the jump)


Tengo el corazón hecho pedazos
rota mi emoción en este día…
Noches y más noches sin descanso
y esta desazón del alma mía…
¡Cuántos, cuántos años han pasado,
grises mis cabellos y mi vida!
Loco… casi muerto… destrozado,
con mi espíritu amarrado
a nuestra juventud.

Más frágil que el cristal
fue mi amor
junto a ti…
Cristal tu corazón, tu mirar, tu reír…
Tus sueños y mi voz
y nuestra timidez
temblando suavemente en tu balcón…
Y ahora sólo sé
que todo se perdió
la tarde de mi ausencia.
Ya nunca volveré, lo sé,
lo sé bien, ¡nunca más!
Tal vez me esperarás,
junto a Dios, ¡más allá!

Todo para mi se ha terminado,
todo para mi se torna olvido.
¡Trágica enseñanza me dejaron
esas horas negras que he vivido!
¡Cuántos, cuántos años han pasado,
grises mis cabellos y mi vida!
Solo, siempre solo y olvidado,
con mi espíritu amarrado
a nuestra juventud…

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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