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"Me Voy" by Julieta Venegas, English translation of lyrics

"I Leave"
Album: Limón y Sal (Lemon and Salt)
Style: Indie, breakup and farewell song, strong vocals
Country: Mexico

Listen:

Julieta Venegas sings her farewell song and explains why the relationship is ending. She uses a sort of sing-song tone that works surprisingly well in this album. Listen at YouTube here or expand the embedded video.

[Expand embedded music video]

Translation:

Porque no supiste entender a mi corazón,
Lo que había en él.
Porque no tuviste el valor
De ver quién soy.


Because you did not know how to understand my heart,
What was there in it.
Because you didn't have the courage
To see who I am.

Porque no escuchas
Lo que está tan cerca de ti,
Sólo el ruido de afuera
Y yo, que estoy a un lado
Desaparezco para ti.


Because you don't listen
To what is so close to you,
Just the noise from outside
And I, who am right beside [*lit. on the side]
Disappear for you.

No voy a llorar y decir
Que no merezco esto porque
Es probable que lo merezco
Pero no lo quiero, por eso...


I am not going to cry and say
That I do not deserve this because
It's probable that I do deserve it
But I do not want it, that's why...

Chorus:
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Me voy, qué lástima pero adiós
Me despido de ti y
Me voy, qué lástima pero adiós
Me despido de ti.


I leave, what a shame but goodbye
I bid my farewell and
I leave, what a shame but goodbye
I bid my farewell to you.
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Porque sé que me espera algo mejor
Alguien que sepa darme amor,
De ese que endulza la sal
Y hace que salga el sol.


Because I know that something better waits for me
Someone who knows how to give me love,
The kind that sweetens salt
And makes the sun come out.

Yo que pensé, nunca me iría de ti,
Que es amor del bueno, de toda la vida
Pero hoy entendí que no es
Suficiente para los dos.


Me who thought, I would never leave you,
That it was real love, lifelong love
But today I understood that it isn't
Enough for the two of us.

No voy a llorar y decir
Que no merezco esto porque
Es probable que lo merezco
Pero no lo quiero, por eso...


I am not going to cry and say
That I do not deserve this because
It's probable that I do deserve it
But I do not want it, that's why...

[Chorus x3, "Me voy..." (I leave...)]

Translation Notes:

Me despido de ti y / I bid my farewell and
Me voy, qué lástima pero adiós / I leave, what a shame but goodbye

despedirse de = to part company with, to separate from, to bid farewell to

adios = goodbye, farewell
This form of saying goodbye can sound long-term, like you won't see someone again for a while, if ever.

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Que es amor del bueno, de toda la vida
That it was real love, lifelong love

amor del bueno = the good kind of love, the real kind of love
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