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Sevillanas You'll Love | The Weekly Letra

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Sevillanas You'll Love | The Weekly Letra

You're going to LOVE the video below of the Makarines performing sevillanas live. The third copla they sing is an excerpt from this sevillanas and it has to do with the Rocío pilgrimage. Here it is:

Sevillanas (De: Porque El Relente Le Daba)
José Miguel Évora/Isidro Muñoz*

Porque el relente le daba
Le puse mi chaquetilla

Le puse mi chaquetilla
Porque tiritaba y yo la veía, 
Ay!

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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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Whoa | Viernes con una Letra

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Whoa | Viernes con una Letra

Below is the verse.

Followed by a video - possibly my favorite sevillanas ever - of Camarón singing it, with Tomatito and Joaquín Amador on guitar and Manuela Carrasco dancing.

Sevillanas 
Isidro Muñoz

Pa qué me llamas prima, 
si me crucifica que te mire,
si me crucifica tu mirada

Si cuando me tienes te retienes  
y eres como el vuelo de tu enagua

pa qué me llamas?

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You Have to Come Back | Viernes con una Letra

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You Have to Come Back | Viernes con una Letra

I danced sevillanas backwards tonight with castanets. Why, you ask?

Because it seemed like it would be fun

And it was.

I did it in my bedroom.  But really you could do it anywhere.

I did it and thought of Erica and the other left-handed people.  I'm not saying I did the ría with my left hand, I'm talking just about the steps.  I wasn't interested in that level of frustration tonight...

Perhaps we'll even do it tomorrow at the studio.  To.warm up our brains?  To do it without any expectation of perfecting it or turning it into a finished product.  To do it as an exercise and to then let it go.

I thought it would be harder to figure out, but actually it wasn't that bad.  You should try it.

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Viernes con una Letra | Sevillanas del Pañuelo

Such a beautiful sevillanas.  Watch the video below... 

Sevillanas del Pañuelo Manuel Moreno Maya

Pañuelillo que te di un lunes por la mañana un lunes por la mañana, pañuelillo que te di un lunes por la mañana, Ay! Me lo regaló un gitano de la hermandad de Triana de la hermandad de Triana Conmigo vino al Rocío unas cuantas primaveras y hoy lo llevas en el pelo cuando vienes a mi vera

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Viernes con una Letra | There's more to the story

Last week you read about how his love had arranged to see someone else at la Puerta de Toledo. And here is the next copla.

Sevillanas
Tradicional

II. Me decía que iba a misa, mare, y me engañaba
Y me engañaba
Me decía que iba a misa, mare, y me engañaba
Y me engañaba
Si no llevaba rosario, ni libro
¿Como rezaba?

En el mismo sitio 
A la misma hora 
Estaba rezando  
Con otra persona 

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Viernes con una Letra | A La Puerta de Toledo

A La Puerta de Toledo
Tradicional

A la Puerta de Toledo, madre, le tengo celos
Le tengo celos
A la Puerta de Toledo, madre, le tengo celos
Le tengo celos
Porque se cita con otro 
La mujer que yo más quiero

En el mismo sitio 
A la misma hora 
Se estaba besando 
Con otra persona 

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