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POR QUE CANTO ASI
Why I sing this way (1942)
LYRICS by: Celedonio Flores
MUSIC by: Gerardo Matos Rodriguez
TRANSLATION by: Alberto Paz
Last updated on: 2/10/12
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Sing along with JULIO SOSA with LEOPOLDO FEDERICO

From the Album de Oro de Julio Sosa, this is poem written by Celedonio Flores and recited by Julio Sosa over the background of the classic tango La cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez.
CASTELLANO
ENGLISH
Pido permiso señores
que este tango… este tango habla por mi
y mi voz entre sus sones dira
dira porqué canto asi…

Porque cuando pibe me acunaba en tangos
la canción materna que llamaba al sueño,
y escuché el rezongo de los bandoneones
bajo el emparrado de mi patio pobre.
Porque vi el desfile de las inclemencias
con mis pobres ojos de llorar abiertos,
y en aquella pieza de mis buenos viejos
tuvo la pobreza su mejor canción…

Y yo me hice en tangos,
me fui modelando en odio, en tristeza,
en las amarguras que da la pobreza,
en llantos de madres,
en las rebeldías del que es fuerte y tiene
que cruzar los brazos
cuando el hambre viene…
Y yo me hice en tangos,
porque es bravo, fuerte,
tiene algo de vida,
tiene algo de muerte…

Porque quise mucho, porque me engañaron,
y pasé la vida barajando sueños…
Porque soy un árbol que vivió sin flores,
porque soy un perro que no tiene dueño…
Porque tengo odios que nunca los digo,
porque cuando quiero me desangro en besos…
Porque quise mucho y no me han querido…
¡Por eso yo canto tan triste, por eso! querido
por eso, canto, tan triste…
!por eso!

I beg your pardon, gentlemen,
This tango … this tango speaks for me
And my voice in its sounds will tell…
It will tell why I sing this way.

Because as a kid,
Because as a kid, the maternal song cradled me in tango
To put me to sleep.
And I heard the grumbling of the bandoneon
Under the arbor of the old patio;
Because I saw the parade of the elements
With my poor eyes watery and open
And in the sad room of my good parents
Poverty sang its winter song.

And I was made in tangos,
I was being molded in mud, in misery,
In the bitterness that comes with poverty
In maternal tears,
In the rebellion of being strong and having to cross the arms
When famine strikes.And I was made in tangos
Because … Because tango is male!
Because tango is strong!,
It has something of life,
It has something of death;

Because I loved a lot, and because I was cheated
I spent my life shuffling dreams;
Because I’m a tree that never bore fruit,
Because I’m a dog that has no owner,
Because I feel hatred that I never express,
Because when I love, because when I love I bleed in kisses,
Because I loved a lot, and they have not loved me;
That’s why I sing, so sad…
That’s why, I sing, so sad
That’s why.


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One response to “Por que canto asi

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  1. This is one of the saddest and most beautiful lyrics we can find. Celedonio Flores, Robert Walser and Franz Kafka – these are poets of life. We all are experiencing heartbreaking life, but, only few of us are able to put them in true words like them.

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