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Sep. 17th, 2015

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"Oro Negro" by Ana Tijoux, English translation of lyrics

"Black Gold"
Album: Vengo (I Come), 2014
Style: Poetry, string instruments, slow hip hop elements, anti-war song
Countries: Chile, France

Listen:

Ana Tijoux sings about the human cost of imperialism and instigating conflict for economic or dogmatic interests. Death and war are personified. Listen to Ana's anti-war song at YouTube. Also look at this list of charities that are helping migrants and refugees who crossed the Mediterranean Sea and also this list.

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Songlations is expected to continue having less frequent (monthly) updates until the end of the year at least. I am writing my PhD dissertation on gene regulation in plants and looking for jobs in California right now, so... busy!

Happy independence days to almost all Latin American countries on September 15 and 16, as well as the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

Translation:

No mira ni siente, nunca se detiene,
Solo camina con dolor permanente.


It doesn"t see or feel, it never stops...Collapse )

Aug. 18th, 2015

one piece, nico robin

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"Que Nadie Me Levante La Voz" by Bebe, English translation of lyrics

"Let No One Raise Their Voice at Me"
Album: Pafuera Telarañas (Out, Spiderwebs), 2004
Style: Folk
Country: Spain

Listen:

Bebe sings about motherhood, toughening up, taking charge of one’s life, and taking on all challenges. Listen at YouTube here. By the way, I started a Tumblr to promote Songlations posts more. Follow me there if you use Tumblr.

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Translation:

Ya era hora, ahora me toca a mi. Harta de ir pa" ca y pa" ya...Collapse )
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Jul. 8th, 2015

one piece, nico robin

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"Machista" by Buffalo Moon, English translation of lyrics

"Machista"
Album: Machista, 2014
Style: Contemporary pop, energetic pop with rock influences, electropop
Countries: USA, Ecuador (lead vocalist Karen Freire)

Listen:

I found Buffalo Moon on Mic.com's list of "11 Incredible Latina Musicians You Won't Find on Mainstream Radio." The song "Machista" is an energetic song about the narrator's macho lover whom she is leaving. The music video [YT] shows her packing a suitcase and leading a little girl (presumably her daughter) out of the house. She's done with that whole macho thing. The video has a girl power energy to it. This would be a good workout song.

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Transcription and translation:

Me enamore con un hombre machista...Collapse )

May. 30th, 2015

one piece, nico robin

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"Me Canse de Ti" by Obie Bermudez, English translation of lyrics

"I Got Tired of You"
Album: Confesiones (Confessions), 2003
Style: Pop, soft rock
Country: Puerto Rico

Listen:

This Obie Bermúdez song "Me Cansé de Ti" is a less charitable break-up song than José Alfredo Jiménez's "Que Te Vaya Bonito" from three posts ago. Obie doesn't want to be in this relationship anymore. The song is a breakup conversation in progress. Awkward! Listen at YouTube here.

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Unrelated aside: I guess I lied last post; I'm still very busy! Lots of deadlines in May. I have a conference in June, a conference in July, and a wedding in August. I'm also training two people at work. I may post songs less often than the "every 1-2 weeks" average, but I'll keep posting when I can. Keep sending song requests. I don't have time to search for new songs or artists right now, so song requests help keep the blog posts diverse. Don't worry, no me cansé de Songlations.

Translation:

Siéntate conmigo.
Ya llego la noche y siento frío.
Quiero hablar contigo.
Siento que este amor ya no es el mismo.


Sit with me...Collapse )

May. 2nd, 2015

one piece, nico robin

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"Una Luz En La Oscuridad" by Tierra Santa, English translation of lyrics

"A Light In the Darkness"
Album: Mejor Morir En Pie (Better to Die Standing)
Style: Heavy metal, hard rock
Country: Mexico

Listen:

The singer wants to see the twinkle return to his lover's eyes. His lover is in a funk, depressed, or stressed. Listen at YouTube here.

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April was a month of a lot of deadlines for me, but I'm back to my regular schedule until summer travel.

Translation:

Miré tus ojos
Y en tu mirada no pude hallar
La luz que me habló, perdida en la oscuridad.


I looked into your eyes...Collapse )

Mar. 30th, 2015

one piece, nico robin

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"Quiero Estar Contigo" by Selena Quintanilla-Perez, English translation of lyrics

"I Want To Be With You"
Lyrics: A.B. Quintanilla III (Selena's brother)
Album: Anthology, 1998
Style: Tejano, ranchera, happy love song
Country: USA (Texas), with Mexican heritage

Listen:

Selena! Beloved singer who helped make the bridge for Spanish music and Latino artists in the United States. You went mainstream at a time when Mexican-Americans were still confined to Spanish-only media. Thank you for paving the way for many other entertainers after you. You could have become so much bigger if you hadn't been killed almost 20 years ago on March 31, 1995.

Even if she's gone, we still love Selena. She was kind, uncorrupted, and talented. Listed to her upbeat and hopeful love song at YouTube here.

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By the way: This is the 300th song posted to Songlations!
Since November 2007 to March 2015: 89 months, 300 songs, ~3.4 songs/month.
Thank you for your support all these years.

Translation:

Quiero estar contigo por una eternidad. Yo quiero verte sonreir. No quiere verte llorar...Collapse )
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Mar. 24th, 2015

one piece, nico robin

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"Que Te Vaya Bonito" by Jose Alfredo Jimenez, English translation of lyrics

"May Things Go Beautifully For You"
Style: Sorrowful mariachi love song
Country: Mexico

Listen:

This is a post-breakup song, with the narrator wishes his former lover nothing but good things. It sounds like he ended the relationship due to outside circumstances. The song was used for a 1978 Mexican film, but there is little information available online. Listen to the song at YouTube here.

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Translation:

Ojalá que te vaya bonito.
Ojalá que se acaben tus penas,
Que te digan que yo ya no existo,
Y conozcas personas más buenas....


I hope that things go beautifully for you...Collapse )

Mar. 17th, 2015

one piece, nico robin

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"La Unica" by Juanes, English translation of lyrics

"The Only One"
Album: Un Día Normal (A Normal Day), 2002
Style: Rock, love song, sweet
Country: Colombia

Listen

In "La Única", Juanes sings about his irreplaceable, incomparable lover. It is a sweet love song from an old album. Listen at YouTube here. (Also, Happy St. Patrick's Day!)

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Translation:

Yo te quiero a ti.
Yo no quiero a nadie más.
Porque eres tú la que me hace suspirar.


I love you. I want no one else...Collapse )
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