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Los ojos como las moras | The Weekly Letra

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Los ojos como las moras | The Weekly Letra

Yesterday I received an email from a reader, Max Herzog, a guitarist based in San Diego, who came across today's letra on my blog. (I originally posted it about four years ago. I struggled with the translation then, and I'm still struggling with it today.) Max had some great insights along with a smoother translation which I wanted to share with you. You'll find his translation below (with just a couple of small changes from me).

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Los ojos como las moras
y los dientes de marfil
y tu boca es una fuente
donde una noche bebí 
agua con ansias de muerte

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Viernes con una Letra | and more alegrías

Today another letra that Vicente sang. Something happened while he sang me this letra, something that had the potential to really throw me off.  But it actually didn't.  It was weird.  It was like I noticed it happening and kind of watched myself continue dancing.  I guess it kind of caused me to become more focused, in a sense.  I want to tell you about it some day...

But, hoy es viernes.  So we have a letra.  And you can listen to it here, sung by a coro with Tomatito playing guitar.  It's Cañailla, from his Barrio Negro album.

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Anda y ven
Replicale al orgulloso amor
Anda y ven
Dile porque llora mi corazón
Si solo intento vivir con mi triste alegría
haciendo que la luna también encaje cada día
Por eso quiero que salga el sol.
Sueño con tus besos,
tú y siempre tú.

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Viernes con una Letra | fandangos...again

Today, fandangos de Huelva and a video of Mayte Martín singing.

Here is the first copla Mayte Martín sings in Conquero. You might have seen the second one here last week, and the final one the week before. It's all a bit mixed up but, then, so am I. Hmm, though upon second thought, that's how flamenco is normally sung. The singer mixes and matches verses in the moment, so this makes perfect sense! 

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Y los dientes de marfíl
los ojos como las moras
y tu boca es una fuente
donde una noche bebí 
agua con ansias de muerte

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Viernes con una Letra | Ten Cuidao

"Déjame saber tu letra favorita, Tell me your favorite letra," I begged Ricardo. He gave me this one, from Ten Cuidao, a bulerías by Mayte Martín.  Perhaps next week I'll post the first letra.

Anyway, here you'll see a video of Mayte Martín performing the whole thing live, and below that you'll find Ricardo's favorite part.

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