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"Relax" by Maná, English translation of lyrics

"Relax" by Maná
Album: Amar es Combatir

Siento que el mundo no para, me vuelvo loco.
Siento que el sol no calienta nada, ni un poco.


I feel that the world doesn't stop, I go crazy.
I feel that the sun doesn't warm anything, even a little.

Vivo en el borde y al filo de una navaja,
Pero por dios en mi tierra nadie se raja.

I live on the brink and at the edge of a knife,
But for (the love of) God, in my land nobody cracks.

Mi corazón ya no aguanta, ya está cansado,
Una mujer y problemas me están matando.


My heart can't stand it anymore, it is tired,
A woman and problems are killing me.

Quiero subirme al balcón de la luna llena.
Quiero volar, olvidarme de tanta pena.


I want to climb to the balcony of the full moon.
I want to fly, forget so much grief.

Si me clavo no la libro, oh no no.
No me voy a dar un tiro.
Relax.

If I nail myself I don't free her, oh no no.
I'm not going to shoot myself.
Relax.

Me voy a estallar.
Lo voy a olvidar todo esta noche.
No quiero pensar, no.

I'm going to shatter.
I'm going to forget it all tonight.
I don't want to think, no.

Hoy tengo mucho trabajo, ya no lo aguanto.
Siento que todo conmigo se está pasando.


I have so much work today, I can't stand it anymore.
I feel that everything, with me, is passing.

Quiero mudarme a una casa que esté en la playa.
Quiero comprar una nave de buena talla.


I want to move to a house on the beach.
I want to buy a ship of good quality.

Salgo en las noches pensando que estoy prendido,
Pero en verdad que la paso bien aburrido.


I walk out at night thinking that I'm dazzling,
But really I spend my time terribly bored.

Busco el calor en los brazos de una gitana,
Pero al final siempre llego solo a mi cama.


I seek warmth in the arms of a gypsy,
But in the end I always return to my bed alone.

[Chorus repeating:]

Si me clavo no la libro, oh no no.
No me voy a dar un tiro.
Relax.

If I nail myself I don't free her, oh no no.
I'm not going to shoot myself.
Relax.

Me voy a estallar.
Lo voy a olvidar todo esta noche.
No quiero pensar, no.

I'm going to shatter.
I'm going to forget it all tonight.
I don't want to think, no.




Translation Notes:

Vivo en el borde y al filo de una navaja

I live on the brink and at the edge of a knife

Note that both "el borde" and "el filo" mean the edge. Borde is a general term used for anything from the edges of cliffs to tables to clothing, whereas filo is usually reserved for sharp edges like those of a knife.

navaja = knife as a tool (not a kitchen knife; that's usually called un cuchillo).

***

nadie se raja
nobody cracks

rajarse means to back out of something, to escape

"no te rajes!" = "don't get cold feet!"

***

Salgo en las noches pensando que estoy prendido
I walk out at night thinking that I'm dazzling

prendido, prendida [adjective] - it means dressed up and ready for a night out; sharp, glamorous, looking handsome, etc. It couldn't find a good unisex equivalent in English.

***

Si me clavo no la libro
If I nail myself I don't free her

"Clavar" means to nail, but it also implies being clingy. Either that, or it's Catholic symbolism for the nails on Jesus Christ. I don't know. Interpret that as you will.

***

Me voy a estallar
I'm going to shatter (myself)

estallar can also mean to break, to erupt, to explode, to crack

Related phrase implied: "estallar a lagrimas" = to burst into tears


General Notes:

Oh man, this song is so catchy. Maná is brilliant when it comes to singing about desperation without being sentimental or sounding hopeless. It's sad, but it's not saddening. I like the beat.

The album Amar es Combatir won a 2007 Grammy for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.

Music Video:

At YouTube here.
Tags: grammy, mana, mana: amar es combatir
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