sábado, 22 de noviembre de 2008

Gracias a la vida - Thanks to life

Violeta Parra is one of the most popular chilean singer and song writer.
She composed in 1966 the most enduring and enchanted song of her time " Thanks to life" for all the wonderful details of love and beauty that she was able to find in her difficult existence.


Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
Thanks to life which has given me so much,
Me dio dos luceros que cuando los abro,
It gave me two eyes that when I open them,
Perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco,
I can distinguish perfectly black from white,
Y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado,
And in the high heaven its starry background,
Y en la multitudes el hombre que yo amo.
And in the multitudes the man I love.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto,
Thanks to life which has given me so much,
Me ha dado el sonido y el abecedario,
It's given me sound and the alphabet,
Y con el las palabras que pienso y declaro,
And with it the words that I think and declare,
Madre, amigo, hermano y luz alumbrando,
Mother, friend, brother, and burning light,
La ruta del alma de el que estoy amando.
The route of the sould of the one I am loving.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto,
Thanks to life which has given me so much,
Me ha dado el oído que en todo su ancho,
It's given me sound that in all its magnitude,
Graba noche y día grillos y canarios,
Records night and day crickets and canaries,
Martillos, turbinas, ladridos, chubascos,
Hammers, turbines, dogs' barks, storms,
Y la voz tan tierna de mi buen amado.
And the voice so tender of my good beloved.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto,
Thanks to life which has given me so much,
Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados,
It's given me the steps of my tired feet,
Con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
With them I walked though cities and puddles,
Playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos,
Beaches and deserts, mountains and plains,
Y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.
And your house, your street, and your patio.

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto,
Thanks to life which has given me so much,
Me ha dado la risa, me ha dado el llanto,
It's given me laughter, it's given me tears,
Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
Thereby I distinguish good fortune from ruin,
Los dos materiales que forman mi canto,
` The two materials that make up my song,
Y el canto de ustedes que es mi propio canto.
And the song of all of you that is my own song.

¡Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto!
Thanks to life which has given me so much!

5 comentarios:

anthonynorth dijo...

Thanks to life, indeed. It gives us everything.

Linda Jacobs dijo...

Beautifully put! Those are the most important things in life, for sure!

Bella Mocha dijo...

Yes...thanks to life...without which we have nothing.

A beautiful poem, or song?...thanks for sharing it.

I also loved the things you wrote below it...you are so clever with words. I will have to read more here.

Bella:)

*~sis~* dijo...

that was so pretty!! gracias :)

utopianfragments dijo...

thanks you so much!!! i love this song. never new the meaning exept for the opening line yet.. i know it with joan baez and Mercedes Sosa, and when she join in... ho.. i have no words.. just love it. thanks you so much for posting that here.
you made my night (and the next few days)