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Pablo Milanés

From: Cuba

Songs featured here

  • Amo esta isla

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    Introduction

    Pablo Milanés, together with Silvio Rodriguez, is one of the best known singers and song writers of the new Cuba.

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    Links

  • Querido Pablo: La página de Pablo Milanés
    Una canción de Pablo Milanés (Bayamo, Cuba, 1943), es como la poesía, como un fuego que no tiene exlicación posible cuando renace desde su propia entraña ...
  • Pablo Milanés: Lyrics
  • A History Of Early Cuban Trova: 1900-1940, by Zac Salem

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    Recommended albums

    CD cover

    Cancionero Pablo Milanés UPC: 77778059622 Format: CD Release Date: Apr 20 1993 Label: Blue Note Records. (At Barnes&Noble: $11.49; At amazon.com: $.)

    [Buy it for the Language Resource Center!: Have it mailed to: LRC Chief, Department of Foreign Languages, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970. Thanks!]

    CD cover

    Grandes Exitos Pablo Milanés UPC: 723722628627 Format: CD Release Date: Nov 19 1996 Label: International Music Dist. (At Barnes&Noble: $17.98 (Import); At amazon.com: $.)

    [Buy it for the Language Resource Center!: Have it mailed to: LRC Chief, Department of Foreign Languages, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970. Thanks!]

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    Lyrics

    [All translations by Jon Aske. Please give credit and send suggestions.]

    Amo esta isla
    Pablo Milanés (Cuba)

    Amo esta isla, soy del Caribe
    jamás podría pisar tierra firme,
    porque me inhibe.

    No me hablen de continente
    que ya se han abarrotado,
    usted mira a todos lados,
    y lo ve lleno de gentes,
    no es que tanto me moleste,
    pero pocos son de allí,
    se fueron de allá, de aquí,
    y hoy arrastran esa pena,
    de sentirse entre cadenas,
    que es lo que me pasa a mí.

    Amo esta isla, soy del Caribe
    jamás podría pisar tierra firme,
    porque me inhibe.

    El que nació en el Caribe,
    goza de una facultad,
    al sentir su libertad,
    se identifica y la vive,
    al cambiar lo que inhibe,
    por su amor, por su palmera,
    una eterna primavera,
    un sol que entra en su piel,
    va sintiendo que no es él
    y pierde hasta su bandera.

    Amo esta isla, soy del Caribe
    jamás podría pisar tierra firme,
    porque me inhibe.

    I love this island, I from the Caribbean
    I could never step on dry land,
    cause it inhibits me.

    Don't talk to me about the continent
    cause it's very crowded.
    Anywhere you look,
    and you see it full of people.
    It's not that it bothers me so much,
    but few are from there.
    They came from here and there,
    and today they carry that sorrow,
    of feeling among chains,
    which is what happens to me.

    I love this island, I from the Caribbean
    I could never step on dry land,
    cause it inhibits me.

    Those who were born in the Caribbean
    enjoy a certain faculty
    of feeling their freedom,
    they identify with it and live it,
    when they change what inhibits,
    for its love, for its palm tree,
    for its eternal spring,
    the sun which enters one's skin,
    one they feel that they're not themselves
    and lose even their flag.

    I love this island, I from the Caribbean
    I could never step on dry land,
    cause it inhibits me.

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    La vida no vale nada (Life is not worth anything)
    Pablo Milanés

    La vida no vale nada
    si no es para perecer
    porque otros puedan tener
    lo que uno disfruta y ama.

    La vida no vale nada
    si yo me quedo sentado
    después que he visto y soñado
    que en todas partes me llaman.

    La vida no vale nada
    cuando otros se están matando
    y yo sigo aquí cantando
    cual si no pasara nada.

    La vida no vale nada
    si escucho un grito mortal
    y no es capaz de tocar
    mi corazón que se apaga.

    La vida no vale nada
    si ignoro que el asesino
    cogió por otro camino
    y prepara otra celada.

    La vida no vale nada
    si se sorprende a otro hermano
    cuando supe de antemano
    lo que se le preparaba.

    La vida no vale nada
    si cuatro caen por minuto
    y al final por el abuso
    se decide la jornada.

    La vida no vale nada
    si tengo que posponer
    otro minuto de ser
    y morirme en una cama.

    La vida no vale nada
    si en fin lo que me rodea
    no puedo cambiar cual fuera
    lo que tengo y que me ampara.

    Y por eso para mí
    la vida no vale nada.

    Life is not worth anything
    if it is not to (be willing to) die
    so that others too can have
    what one enjoys and loves.

    Life is not worth anything
    if I remain here seated
    after I have seen and dreamed
    that they call me everywhere.

    Life is not worth anything
    when others are killing
    and I continue singing here
    as if nothing was happening

    Life is not worth anything
    if I hear a dying cry
    and it is not able to touch
    my heart that's dying out.

    Life is not worth anything
    if I don't know that the assasin
    took another road
    and is getting ready for another ambush.

    Life is not worth anything
    if you surprise another brother
    when I knew beforehand
    what was being fixed for him.

    Life is not worth anything
    if fall are felled every minute
    and in the end because of the abuse
    the day is decided.

    Life is not worth anything
    if I have too postpone
    another minute of being
    and die in bed.

    Life is not worth anything
    if finally what surrounds me
    I cannot cahnge as if it was
    what I have and shelters me.

    And that is why for me
    Life is not worth anything

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    Last updated: March 6, 2003