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11 years ago
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I'm looking for an English translation for the lyrics of the song Manifiesto by Victor Jara. Anybody seen 'em? I'm having trouble finding them.

11 years ago
Re: Victor Jara
El Guapo
How about a bad translation?

Yo no canto por cantar
ni por tener buena voz
canto porque la guitarra
tiene sentido y razon,
tiene corazon de tierra
y alas de palomita,
es como el agua bendita
santigua glorias y penas,
aqui se encajo mi canto
como dijera Violeta
guitarra trabajadora
con olor a primavera.

Que no es guitarra de ricos
ni cosa que se parezca
mi canto es de los andamios
para alcanzar las estrellas,
que el canto tiene sentido
cuando palpita en las venas
del que morira cantando
las verdades verdaderas,
no las lisonjas fugaces
ni las famas extranjeras
sino el canto de una alondra
hasta el fondo de la tierra.

Ahi donde llega todo
y donde todo comienza
canto que ha sido valiente
siempre sera cancion nueva


I do not sing singing
nor having good voice
I sing because the guitar
has sense and reason,
has heart of land
and popcorn wings,
is like the blessed water
santigua? glories and pains,
here I fit my song as she said to Violet guitar worker with scent to spring. That he is not thing nor guitar rich that look like my song is of the scaffolds to reach the stars, that the song has sense when morira beats in the veins of which singing the true truths, not fleeting them lisonjas nor the foreign fame but the song of a lark until the Earth bottom. Ahi where everything arrives and where everything begins song that has been brave always will be a new song


11 years ago
Re: Victor Jara
The spanish seems to imply that it's longer than what you listed, but I greatly appreciate you taking the time to translate it for me. Victor Jara has been a big interest for me for quite a while



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