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Despierta

from Arrullo by Diana Gameros

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Despierta (Wake Up)

This is a love song, commonly the first song that a musical ensemble would sing during nocturnal “serenatas” (serenades: it was a tradition in Mexico, for a man to hire a mariachi or musical ensemble to sing a song for the loved one outside of her home. This song was typically the opening song that wakes her up from her dreams.

In my interpretation of this song, I have my whole family in mind, not necessarily a single loved one. I even modified the lyrics a tiny bit: the second time I sing the final line, which happens at the end of the song, I changed the pronoun, from singular to plural (not applicable when translating into English, since “you” can be used for both) so that it reads: “los quiero” (plural of “I love you”) instead of “te quiero” (singular of I love you). After that line is sung, the sounds of my family, the outdoor vendor and the dogs in the background, come up.

Since this record is part an homage to my family and traditions, I wanted to give it that approach. But didn’t want to give it away right away, so I only change the pronoun at the very end of the song.


lyrics

Despierta, dulce amor de mi vida
Despierta, si te encuentras dormida
Escucha mi voz vibrar bajo tu ventana
en esta canción te vengo a entregar el alma,
Perdona que interrumpa tu sueño,
Pero no pude más y esta noche te vengo a decir: Te quiero.

Pero no pude más y esta noche les vengo a decir: Los quiero.

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Translation:

Wake up, sweet love of my life
Wake up, if you are still sleeping
Listen to my voice sing under your window
I’m bringing you my soul in this song.
Forgive me if I interrupt your sleep
But I couldn’t help it anymore
Tonight I come to say: I love you

But I couldn’t help it anymore Tonight I come to say: I love you

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from Arrullo, released November 10, 2017

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"Her voice has a remarkable expressive range. She's at once strong and breathy - in an instant, wounded and boldly searching."
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