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Cholo Soy Y No Me Compadezcas (English translation)

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I'm Cholo, and Don't Pity Me

I'm cholo¹, and don't you pity me
Those coins you carry, they have no value
they hand them to me, as if they were money
Us cholos, we ask for nothing
Since we need of anything
Everything's all we have
 
Leave me be at the puna, to live as I know how
to hike up the hills, trail behind my goats
till up the farmland, knit plenty of ponchos and feed my llamas
bestow the wind with the sound of my quena
You pity my life, but what am I to do?
 
Wasn't it you who said cholos are soulless,
made of stone, lacking words and a voice
and cry inside, hide their tears by choice
 
Wasn't it the white ones, hailing from Spain
they rained death upon us to rake in our gold,
Wasn't there a Pizarro that killed Atahualpa
all those promises made, so grand yet hollow
 
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So, what do you want? What is it you want me to do?
That I shout for joy as if I were partying,
while my brothers break their backs
to get paid only four cents for their work
 
You want me to laugh,
while my brothers act as bag mules
bringing riches for others to hoard
 
You want bliss splattered on my face
while my brothers at the mountains live like moles
digging night and day,
while the rich get richer without breaking a sweat
 
You want me to smile
while my sisters go to their patrons' homes
as if they were enslaved..
I'm cholo, and don't you pity me
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Leave me be at the puna, to live as I know how
to hike up the hills, trail behind my goats
till up the farmland, knit plenty of ponchos and feed my llamas
bestow the wind with the sound of my quena
Let me live here, up with the mountain
it offers me stones, some might even be softer
than those condolences you dish out at me
 
I'm cholo, and don't you pity me!
 
Thanks!

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Submitted by sonicwindsonicwind on Tue, 29/06/2021 - 07:30
Added in reply to request by Maria Fernanda Ramirez PintoMaria Fernanda Ramirez Pinto
Author's comments:

₁. Cholo is a lexical gap of Spanish origin. In it's original context, it can be used in a derogatory or affectionate sense to refer to anyone of indigenous Latin American mixed blood heritage.

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