The same letra, different words. I love this about flamenco. I don't mean completely different words, though there's that as well. But I'm talking right now about one letra and how each singer may vary the words slightly...sometimes changing the sentido, sometimes not.

Like today's letra. A bulerías. I guess I've got bulerías on my mind as I prepare for the tour to Jerez this month.

Cristo sang it like this

Ando vendiendo flores
las tuyas son amarillas
y las mías de míl colores

Of course, he repeated lines and added in some ques and stuff...

Then I've heard others sing the letra this way:

Yo vengo vendiendo flores
las tuyas son amarillas
y las mías son de colores

Or, here Enrique Morente sings it like this

Tú vienes vendiendo flores
las mías son amarillas
las tuyas de tos colores

One letra. Passed along by oral tradition. Interpreted differently.

In style.

In choice of words.

Even in the palo. It's a bulerías. Or a soleá por bulerías. Or...

So, a translation. Just one translation.

So, a translation. Just one translation:

I come selling flowers
yours are yellow
mine are of a thousand colors

There you go.

I would love to know what you think. Perhaps you'd like to share another way you've heard this letra done. Leave a comment below.

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