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El corrido de Juanito (English translation)

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Juanito's Corrido*

It has been almost 14 years
since I was in my homeland,
where I was born.
 
Now everything's different
and I pray to God
they never forget me.
 
My mother died
and my father says
that he is really old now
and he doesn't want to come,
and I can't go there,
and I can't go there.
 
I've been working and working,
I haven't seen
the sun for days.
 
My sons are grown ups now
and I can't understand them
because they don't speak Spanish.
 
You don't know what fear is
if you have never seen
a van
an Inmigration van
or a deportation,
or a deportation.
 
Wearing my little boots and my hat
they see me often
by the freeway.
 
Gardener, cook,
I do it all the same.
They'll say "anyway"1.
 
And even if they look down at me
I keep my head up
while I drink from a bottle.
 
Either way I'm a good friend
and a Mexican,
Mexican to the bone.
 
Life is not easy,
much less here,
what they say it's not true.
 
Just remembering
the thousand crosses
I saw in the desert.
 
Nights are sad,
thinking over and over
about the ones who left behind
the time passes.
And thinking about seeing my old man,
about seeing my old man.
 
I am more than grateful
to God
for everything he has given me.
 
I say hi
to all my cousins,
my uncles and my brothers.
 
With sad eyes
and tired steps,
Juanito promises
he will be visiting them
and hugging them,
and hugging them.
 
Wearing my little boots and my hat
they see me often
by the freeway.
 
Gardener, cook,
I do it all the same.
They'll say "anyway"
 
And even if they look down at me
I keep my head up
while I drink from a bottle.
 
Either way I'm a good friend
and a Mexican,
Mexican to the bone.
 
  • 1. In english in the original.
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Submitted by Juan3454Juan3454 on Wed, 25/10/2017 - 07:35
Added in reply to request by Kati LaneKati Lane
Last edited by Juan3454Juan3454 on Tue, 18/09/2018 - 04:27
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*Corrido. Type of Mexican folk song. Popular narrative song and poetry that form a ballad.

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El corrido de Juanito

Comments
ElDBElDB    Mon, 17/09/2018 - 02:56

Hey Juan, is this song about you? You couldn't make out the word where you've put a question mark. That's because it's an English word in the original, "anyway" as in "Dirán 'anyway'"!

Ww WwWw Ww    Mon, 17/09/2018 - 03:02

It's amended and now has video.

ElDBElDB    Mon, 17/09/2018 - 03:46

Nice. I thought I was commenting to Juan3454 who added the translation.

ElDBElDB    Mon, 17/09/2018 - 03:46

Nice. I thought I was commenting to Juan3454 who added the translation.

Ww WwWw Ww    Mon, 17/09/2018 - 03:50

He did, I just edited the original lyrics that were missing and added a video. His translation remains unchanged.

Juan3454Juan3454    Tue, 18/09/2018 - 04:24

Thank you both! I've changed the translation accordingly now.

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