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Fuiste Tú (translation)

Awhile back I posted a video of a song called Fuiste Tú, a duet between Gaby Moreno and Ricardo Arjona.

I can't get it out of my head recently, and the lyrics just seem so raw that I feel like I'm just cycling melancholy and longing for something that isn't...this. When the future comes, I wonder who will end up to blame for what happens. Anyway, I felt like making a tangible translation, because this song is wonderful and I think it's worth sharing. Again.


Fuiste tú,
Tenerte fue una foto tuya puesta en mi cartera,
un beso y verte hacer pequeño por la carretera.
Lo tuyo fue la intermitencia y la melancolía,
lo mío fue aceptarlo todo porque te quería.
Verte llegar fue luz, verte partir un blues.

Fuiste tú,
de más está decir que sobra decir tantas cosas,
o aprendes a querer la espina o no aceptes rosas.
Jamás te dije una mentira o te inventé un chantaje,
las nubes grises también forman parte de paisaje.
Y no me veas así, si hubo un culpable aquí…
Fuiste tú.

Que fácil fue tocar el cielo la primera vez,
cuando los besos fueron el motor de arranque,
que encendió la luz que se desaparece.

Así se disfraza el amor para su conveniencia,
aceptando todo sin hacer preguntas,
y dejando al tiempo la estocada a muerte.
Nada más que decir,
sólo queda insistir…
Dilo….

Fuiste tú,
la luz de neón del barrio sabe que estoy tan cansada,
me ha visto caminar descalza por la madrugada.
Estoy en medio del que soy y del que tú quisieras,
queriendo despertar pensando como no quisiera.
Y no me veas así, si hubo un culpable aquí…
Fuiste tú.

Que fácil fue tocar el cielo la primera vez,
cuando los besos fueron el motor de arranque,
que encendió la luz que se desaparece.

Así se disfraza el amor para su conveniencia,
aceptando todo sin hacer preguntas,
y dejando al tiempo la estocada a muerte.
Nada más que decir,
sólo queda insistir…
fuiste tú



It was you,
Having you was a photo of you placed in my wallet,
A kiss, and watching you grow smaller down the highway
Your signature was intermittence and melancholy
Mine was accepting all of it because I loved you
Seeing you arrive was like light, seeing you leave, a blues song

It was you,
It goes without saying that there's so many things left to say
Either you learn to love thorns or you shouldn't accept roses
I never told you a lie or came up with any blackmail
Gray clouds also make up part of the landscape
And don't look at me like that, if someone was guilty here
It was you.

How easy it was to touch the sky for the first time
When kisses were the starter motor
That lit up the light that's disappearing

That's how love disguises itself for its convenience
Accepting everything without asking questions
And leaving it up to time to deliver the killing blow
Nothing else to say
All that's left is to insist
Say it...

It was you,
The neon light of the neighborhood knows that I'm so tired
It's seen me walking barefoot in the pre-dawn morning
I'm in between who I am and who you'd like me to be
Wanting to wake up thinking about how I'd rather not be
And don't look at me like that, if someone was guilty here
It was you.

How easy it was to touch the sky for the first time
When kisses were the starter motor
That lit up the light that's disappearing

That's how love disguises itself for its convenience
Accepting everything without asking questions
And leaving it up to time to deliver the killing blow
Nothing else to say
But if you want to insist...
It was you.

This was actually kind of a difficult translation, since a lot of lines don't really seem to...take well, to English, and I was so determined to at least somewhat preserve the tone. Usually my translation style is very precise, ultimately favoring the maintenance of sentence structure and word choice over a result that preserves overall tone and flows well. In this translation, I made some minor phrasing adjustments in places to make the English less awkward. The Spanish is VERY poetic, and to me that's half the point, so. My goal was to get something that meets halfway...not too disjointed but not taking unnecessary liberties either. Hopefully it works to that end. The song itself can be found here.

And now, bedtime. I have a doctor's appointment in the morning.

Comments

arrowwhiskers
Sep. 20th, 2016 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you
Thanks kind anon, I'm glad you liked it :)