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Friday, October 31, 2014

Canta ríe bebe



zambomba


English translation

Sing Laugh Drink

Verse 1
I have bought a "zambomba"
A tambourine and a drum
And to complete the fiesta, 
The pots from the stove.

Grab yourself some lids
And not to let anyone sleep
Not those up or down
Nor those who are guarding us

Refrain 1
Sing, laugh, drink, because today is Christmas Eve
And in these moments, there's no reason to be shy
Give it the zambomba, give it the pestle,
Give to your mother-in-law the middle of the nut.

Verse 2
Tonight even the guards,
fish drunk,
which is why I'm not worried
that anyone will stop me

Until tomorrow morning
I don't need to go to bed
So this night I have given myself
To singing and dancing

Refrain 2
Sing, laugh, drink, because today is Christmas Eve
And in these moments, there's no reason to be shy
Give it the zambomba, Give it to the violin
Give it to the head and sing happily.

Verse 3
My caretaker's boy
Today they've brought him on a stretcher
For asking for a Christmas gift
From the grocer on the corner

From the grocer on the corner
Who was paying attention
To throw at his [the boy's] head
A piece of nougat

Refrain 3
Sing, laugh, drink, because today is Christmas Eve
And in these moments, there's no reason to be shy
Give it the zambomba, Give it to the pan
Give it to the grocer a shot in the temple.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Los Peces en el Río




Verse 1
The Virgin washes diapers
and hangs them on the rosemary,
the birdies singing
and the rosemary flowering.

Refrain
But look at how the fishes
in the river drink.
But look how they drink
in order to see God born.
They drink and they drink
and they return to drink,
the fishes in the river,
to see God being born.

Verse 2

The Virgin is combing her hair
between the curtains.
Her hairs are of gold
and the comb of fine silver.


Verse 3
The virgin is washing herself
with a little bit of soap.
Her hands have been irritated,
the hands of my heart.

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