Chan Chan, Buena Vista Social Club

Translation:

From Alto Cedro, I go to Marcan
I arrive in CUeto, and then I go towards Mayar.

The love I have for you
is something I cannot deny
I drool all over
I cannot help it.

When Juanica and Chan Chan
sifted sand at the beach

Chan Chan felt sorry/shame

Clean the path of straw
cause I want to sit down
on that tree trunk I see
and that way I’m never going to arrive

From Alto Cedro, I go to Marcan
I arrive in CUeto, and then I go towards Mayar.

“I didn’t compose ‘Chan Chan’; I dreamed it. I dream the music. I sometimes wake up with a melody on the head; I hear the instruments, all very clear. I look over the balcony, and I see nobody, but I hear it as if it was played on the street. I don’t know what it was- One day I woke up listening to those four sensible notes; I put them a lyric inspired on a children tale from my childhood, ‘Juanita y Chan Chan’; and you see: Now, it’s sung everywhere.”
— Compay Segundo

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2 Responses to Chan Chan, Buena Vista Social Club

  1. Carlos Sanes says:

    Chan Chan is nice. “Silencio” with Ibrahim Ferrer will make you cry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG3t3m-DwCk

    • rachvb says:

      Lovely, lovely. Thanks, Los. Some part of me has always wished I was born Latina. So much soul! And I wouldn’t be quite so pale. But mostly I just love how their musicians wear their passions like skin. It’s incredible to watch.

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