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Veinticuatro de agosto (1943)

August 24th  lyrics by Homero Manzi music by Pedro Laurenz August 24th— it’s been one whole year. Not one night missed at my preferred café, and after, out with all my favorite guys to dance, to drink, to while the time away… I haven’t touched my tools for one whole year, I call my mother … Continue reading

Madreselva (1931)

Honeysuckle lyrics by Luis César Amadori Old wall of the arrabal, your shade was my companion— in my lackluster childhood, your honeysuckle was my friend. When, trembling, my first love kissed my heart with hopes, at your side, pure and happy, I sang this, my first confession: Honeysuckles in bloom, that watched my birth and … Continue reading

Tinta roja (1941)

Red Ink lyrics by Cátulo Castillo music by Sebastián Piana A big stone wall, [1] red ink over yesterday’s grey, the emotion of your happy bricks over my little alleyway took a blot and painted the corner and that copper [2] who in the depths of night walked the borders of his beat like a … Continue reading

Milonga del 900 (1933)

Milonga of the 1900s lyrics by Homero Manzi music by Sebastián Piana I like mismatched things and I don’t walk on the sidewalk; I wear a Massera porkpie hat [1] and military boots on my feet. I loved her because I loved her and ‘cause of that I’m hurting now— she’s left me and I don’t … Continue reading

Bajo un cielo de estrellas (1941)

Beneath a Star Filled Sky lyrics by José María Contursi music by Enrique Francini & Héctor Stamponi A long time after leaving I return to the neighborhood that I left behind, anxious to see its streets, my old friends, and the old café. On this dark and tranquil night the very air seems to say: “Don’t … Continue reading

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