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Gracias a la vida


to life


Poem/Song/Ballad by Violeta Parra
English translation by William Morín
 
Thank you to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me two morning stars, when I open them,
Perfectly distinguish black from white
And in the sky above, her starry backdrop,
And from within the multitude
The one that I love.
 
Thank you to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me an ear that, in all of its width
Records—night and day—crickets and canaries,
Hammers and turbines and barks and storms,
And the tender voice of my beloved.
 
Thank you to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me sounds and the alphabet.
With them the words that I think and declare:
“Mother,”
“Friend,” “Brother” and the light shining.
The route of the soul from which comes love.
 
Thank you to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me the ability to walk with my tired feet.
With them I have traversed cities and puddles
Valleys and deserts, mountains and plains
And your house, your street and your patio.
 
Thank you to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me a heart, that causes my frame to shudder.
When I see the fruit of the human brain,
When I see good so far from bad,
When I see within the clarity of your eyes…
 
Thank you to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me laughter and it gave me longing.
With them I distinguish happiness and pain—
The two materials from which my songs are formed,
And your song, as well, which is the same song.
And everyone’s song, which is my very song.
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What a treat. Thank you for the intro.

Tere
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