Lydia Mendoza - Yo Se Que Nunca

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"Lydia Mendoza (May 21, 1916 – December 20, 2007) was an American guitarist and singer of Tejano, conjunto, and traditional Mexican-American music. She is known as "La Alondra de la Frontera" (or "The Lark of the Border" in English).

Mendoza was born on May 21, 1916, in Houston, Texas. She learned to sing and play stringed instruments from her mother and grandmother. In 1928, as part of the family group, Cuarteto Carta Blanca, she made her first recordings for the Okeh Records label in San Antonio, Texas."

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lyrics

<< I couldn't find the official lyrics anywhere; here's what I sing, along with my (admittedly super-amateur) translation: >>

Yo se que nunca
besaré tu boca.
Tu boca de purpurra encendida.
Yo se que nunca
llegaría la loca,
apasionada fuente de tu vida.

<< I know that I will never kiss your mouth.
Your mouth, that pure, burning ember.
I know that the crazy passionate source
of your life will never come >>

Yo se que inútilmente te venero.
Inútilmente el corazón evoca.
Pero a pesar de todo,
Yo te quiero.
Pero a pesar de todo,
Yo te quiero.
Aunque nunca
besar pueda tu boca.

<< I know it's uselessly I cherish you.
Uselessly that the heart remembers.
But, in spite of everything, I love you.
But, in spite of everything, I love you.
Though I will never be able to kiss your mouth. >>

credits

from La Petite Mort, released March 1, 2014
thx to Nicholas Kotlinski and Kyle Gowdy for handclap help!
Recorded / Mixed by Kyle Gowdy.

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