Sometimes you want to know a song to go along with the dance form you're studying in class. Other times you want to know the words to that particular flamenco song you like so much. And sometimes you long to know what those words mean.
I'd like to help you with that
Below you'll find a collection of letras (flamenco verses) organized by palo (flamenco form.)
Each week I post a flamenco letra in Spanish along with a translation into English. (From time to time I skip a week and make it up later.)
I used to call this series Viernes con una Letra, but I've grown tired of that name, and, as the years have passed I've become less faithful to Friday postings. (Viernes = Friday. Sorry, Friday, sometimes you happen on another day of the week around here.)
So, along with the new & updated site comes a new & updated title for the series:
The Weekly Letra
Incredibly exciting, lo sé.
You can still expect the letras on Fridays (most of the time).
However today, instead of a new letra, I give you many,
A Collection of Letras
After over four years of translating and posting flamenco songs, and not quite as many years of writing them out and turning them into things like this, there are quite a number of flamenco verses (and often accompanying videos) to be found around here.
I've learned a lot about Spanish, a bit about Caló, and much about flamenco through the process of doing these translations, very often getting help along the way. Some of the translations are better than others, and the letras rarely convey the same feeling in English as they do in their original form. Still the translations give a general idea of what the verse is about.
In honor of the new series name, I give you a map of all of the letras organized by palo, flamenco form.
You'll notice there are a lot of bulerías (I have a thing for bulerías) and many fandangos too (there's just something about them).
You'll also notice some palos are not yet represented. If you have a request for a particular form or even the translation of a specific letra you like, let me know below in the comments, and I'll try to fulfill your request in a future Weekly Letra post.
A Map of Letras by Palo
The following list will take you to all of the letras I've posted over the past (more than) four years within a given palo. (As you probably already know, the same letra can be used across palos, so there's that to consider.)
Do you have a favorite letra? (or just one you like a lot) It may be a letra on this site or another that you know. Please share in the comments below.
EDIT: You'll notice that not every form is represented here, but I edit this post to add additional palos as I post them.