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La Vacaloca (English translation)

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The "mad cow"

To the cemetery goes
the cow with bad milk
To the cemetery goes
an innocent convicted...
 
To the cemetery goes
the cow with bad milk
To the cemetery goes
not even god will forgive him...
 
We all dance the "mad cow"
this terminal rhythm
we all dance the "mad cow"
we all dance until the end...
 
To the cemetery goes
the cow with bad milk
To the cemetery goes
Society is rotting...
 
We all dance the "mad cow"
this terminal rhythm
we all dance the "mad cow"
we all dance until the end...
 
ai go ai go ai vacaloca ai go...
ai go ai go ai vacaloca ai go...
 
the skull doesn't cry
love serenade
the skull doesn't cry
it doesn't have a heart...
 
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Submitted by mdirksemdirkse on Fri, 02/10/2015 - 19:40
Author's comments:

This song is called "La vacaloca" which literally translates to "madcow"/"crazycow". This isn't an actual Spanish word, but the name of a fictitious dance which this song is about and that we all dance. Hence my translation of the title.

"pal" is a contraction of "para" and "el" ("to" and "the")

Assuming "vai" is the Portuguese for "go" because Portuguese is spoken often in the album to which this song belongs ("Próxima Estación: Esperanza").

The bit about the skull not crying ("calavera no llora") is also sung in the song "Otro Mundo" on the Radiolina album and in "Bienvenida a Tijuana" on the Radio Bemba Sound System live recording. Not quite sure what it means beyond the literal as several definitions could apply (http://lema.rae.es/drae/?val=calavera).

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La Vacaloca

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