January 15th, 2008

one piece, nico robin

"Pa'l Norte" by Calle 13 ft. Orishas, English translation of lyrics

"To The North"
Album: Residente/Visitante
Countries: Puerto Rico, Cuba

Unas piernas que respiran...
Veneno de serpiente...
Por el camino del viento...
Voy soplando agua ardiente*

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General Notes:
Winner of a 2007 Latin Grammy for "Best Urban Song." I left some Spanish words cut short and certain dialect spellings unchanged. In order not to lose so much of the meaning in the lyrics, this translation isn't quite as literal as my other translations.

Watch and Listen:

Official music video at YouTube.

If you are looking for other songs about immigration, you should also check out "Hoy Es Adios" by Santana.