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In Love | The Weekly Letra

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In Love | The Weekly Letra

It's the second week of LOVE letras! 

Here's the chorus to Vicente Amigo's Enamorao followed by a video of Alba Heredia when she was little.

Enamoro (estribillo)
Vicente Amigo

Enamorao enamorao
lo que a mi me está pasando
es que estaba enamorao
pasará el tiempo
no servirá de escarmiento
lo que hemos pasao

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Válgame Dios | The Weekly Letra

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Válgame Dios | The Weekly Letra

I've got a whole song for you today along with a video of Niña Pastori and Falete singing it.

Válgame Dios
J. Jimenez "Chaboli" / M. Rosa García "Niña Pastori" 

Y es la verdad
Querer así es un pecao
Válgame Dios
Que me perdone el santo Padre pero yo
No sé vivir si no te tengo ya a mi vera
Y es la verdad
Que quererte más no puedo
Y el pensarlo me da miedo
Tú no te vayas ya a equivocar
Y es que es tanto lo que te quiero
Que no lo podría aguantar

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No Somos Dos | The Weekly Letra

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No Somos Dos | The Weekly Letra

The other day a friend of mine shared with me the video you see below of Niña Pastori and her husband Chaboli. She is singing a letra written by her father in law, El Jeros, and it is SO beautiful. So, I share it with you today. Enjoy!

From 'Somos Dos'
El Jeros

No somos dos, somos doscientos
Somos el mundo, el universo
Somos los mares, somos los vientos
Somos la nieve, somos la escarcha
Somos la luz que brilla en el alma

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I Give Thanks to Life | The Weekly Letra

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I Give Thanks to Life | The Weekly Letra

I used to listen to Niña Pastori's, María album all. of. the. time. (And it has the scratches to prove it.) Here's an excerpt from the song Dime Quién Soy Yo along with two video interpretations. 

Enjoy, and thank you for being here.

Gracias por estar aquí.

From Dime Quién Soy Yo
M. Rosa García "Niña Pastori" / J. Jimenez "Chaboli"

Le doy gracias a la vida
porque tengo lo que quiero
alguien que por mi suspira
aunque sea desde el cielo

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Flamenco Verses by Palo | The Weekly Letra

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Flamenco Verses by Palo | The Weekly Letra

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.) 

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.

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And that is what it was like yesterday in Granada | Viernes con una Letra

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And that is what it was like yesterday in Granada | Viernes con una Letra

I am sitting on my bed looking up at the Alhambra. (No, I am not joking.) It is almost 1am, and I am in Granada. I was doing almost this exact same thing at almost this exact same time last night.

In a moment I'll get to this week's letra along with a great raw video of Junco singing and playing guitar for the camera.

But first I want to tell you more about yesterday

I began writing this note to you in my little book yesterday evening at the Mirador de San Nicolás while listening to two guys playing rumbas with (once again) the Alhambra as my back drop.

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Rumba | Viernes con una Letra

I am hearing Ada singing right now. And Ellie doing palmas. I am seeing Margot dancing. This is all happening in my mind.

And I am smiling.

They are my nieces.

Between Christmas and New Year's Eve the four of us found moments of time here and there to prepare for our show.

I guess it has become an annual thing, 

More on that along with a rumbas letra and a video of Estrella Morente.

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Buika | Viernes con una Letra

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Buika | Viernes con una Letra

Se Me Escapan Las Palabras
Concha Buika

Se me escapan las palabras, 
se me van al aire, 
cada vez que grito
que no puedo más.

Que se me escapan las palabras, 
se me van al aire, 
cada vez hablo con la libertad.

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Spring has sprung | Viernes con una Letra

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Spring has sprung | Viernes con una Letra

Es oficial.  Spring has sprung! And so today an estribillo from the song Primavera from José Mercé's Del Amanacer. One of the very first flamenco albums I ever purchased... the very very first one was Manolo Sanlúcar's Tauromagia...

But anyway, in honor of springtime,

from Primavera
Vicente Amigo

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