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If You Ever Go To Cádiz | The Weekly Letra

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If You Ever Go To Cádiz | The Weekly Letra

We are studying tangos (with abanico) with Mercedes Ruíz during the Flamenco Tour to Jerez. Naturally, we are LOVING it. The first part of our dance is to this:

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Si alguna vez vas a Cádiz
ve por el barrio Santa María
verás los gitanitos
como te cantan con alegría

Tú eres la tonta inocente
tú eres la loquita perdida
cuando tú riñes con tu gente
¿por qué no te vienes a la verita mía?

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I Want to be Free | The Weekly Letra

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I Want to be Free | The Weekly Letra

I originally published this here within the letra, Moraito Como un Lirio by Antonio Sánchez Pecino.

Today I wanted to highlight this estribillo: 

Libre quiero ser 
Como el pájaro que canta,
Primita, al amanecer

I want to be free  
like the bird that sings,
at dawn

You can see it in the video that follows...

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One Thing We Need to Understand About Letras | The Weekly Letra

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One Thing We Need to Understand About Letras | The Weekly Letra

Today I'm going to talk about how the same letra can (and definitely will be) interpreted in different ways by different singers. I'll also talk about why, as dancers, we need to pay attention to this. And finally, I'll share a tangos letra with you. (Oh, and at the end of the post I give you an activity to do from the comfort of your own home.)

How the same letra can vary

Depending upon who is singing, how they like to sing a given letra, and even how they are feeling at a given moment, one letra can be interpreted in many different ways.

Let's look at some examples:

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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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A Lie | Viernes con una Letra

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A Lie | Viernes con una Letra

When Sol was here we studied cante por tientos. It was scary singing out loud in front of a bunch of people, even though we all knew each other... But it was great fun too.

Below is one of the letras we sang:

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Cuando me meto en mi cama
hablo con mi Dios y le digo
que me parece mentira
lo que tu has hecho conmigo

When I go to bed
I speak with God and I tell him

that it seems a lie
what you've done to me

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I Curse Your Green Eyes | Viernes con una Letra

Today a whole song and a video of La Paquera singing it.

Maldigo Tus Ojos Verdes
Antonio Gallardo, Nicolás Sánchez Ortega

En la soledad de mis noches sin luna 
busco los luceros de tus ojos verdes 
y como una loca repito tu nombre
porque tengo miedo de tanto quererte

Tengo que buscar la vida 
con la cruz de tu traición 
soy esa rama caída 
que a nadie da compasión.

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