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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

cairaguas

"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

cairaguas

"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

cairaguas

"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

cairaguas

"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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Mar. 1st, 2015

one piece, nico robin

cairaguas

"Mi Verdad" by Ana Tijoux, English translation of lyrics

"My Reality", alt. "My Truth"
Album: Vengo (I'm On My Way), 2014
Style: Melodious and slow hip hop, sing-song metric
Countries: Chile/France

Listen:

Ana Tijoux sings about feelings of loneliness, feeling out of place, connecting with her culture, and finding her people. It's a song for the bicultural people who have at some point felt out of place and devalued. For context, Ana Tijoux was born and raised in France by parents exiled from Chile. She returned to Chile in her later teenage years. This album includes a lot of songs reclaiming and celebrating her heritage.

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Translation:

Por mi piel morena, borraron mi identidad.
Me sentí pisoteado por toda la sociedad.
Me tuve que hacer fuerte por necesidad.
Fui el hombre de la casa a muy temprana edad.


Because of my brown skin, they erased my identity...Collapse )

Feb. 22nd, 2015

one piece, nico robin

cairaguas

"No Estoy Tan Mal" by Gaby Moreno, English translation of lyrics

"I'm Not So Down" by Gaby Moreno
Album: Postales (Postcards), 2012
Style: Blues, soul
Countries: Guatemala; USA (immigrant)

Listen:

Gaby Moreno won "Best New Artist" for the 2013 Latin Grammy Awards. Her style is mainly blues, with a little alternative rock influence. I like how her lyrics have words that change meaning or emotional intensity from one phrase to another. Listen to the song at YouTube here.

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Translation:

Sueño. No tengo sueño.

I dream. I'm not sleepy.

Solo miro mi dolor, y la television, y hay algo fuera de lugar...Collapse )

Feb. 9th, 2015

one piece, nico robin

cairaguas

"Depende" by Jarabe de Palo, English translation of lyrics

"It Depends"
Album: Depende, 1998
Style: Mellow pop/rock
Country: Spain (Barcelona)

Listen:

This is a mellow song about life. The lyrics are well-metered and the title is repeated a lot, making it slightly hypnotic in the background. Listen at YouTube here.

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Translation:

Que el blanco sea blanco,
Y que el negro sea negro.
Que uno y uno sean dos,
Porque exactos son los números.


Let white be white, and black be black...Collapse )

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