Garufa (Party Animal)

Lyrics: Víctor Soliño & Roberto Fontaina
Translation: Felipe & Ayano
Music: Juan Antonio Collazo
Recorded by Donato Racciatti with Nina Miranda in 1953

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Del barrio La Mondiola sos el más rana
y te baten Garufa por lo bacán;
tenés más pretensiones que bataclana
que hubiera hecho suceso con un gotán.

Durante la semana, meta laburo,
y el sábado a la noche sos un doctor:
te encajás las polainas y el cuello duro
y te venís p'al centro de rompedor.

Garufa, ¡pucha que sos divertido!
Garufa, vos sos un caso perdido;
tu vieja dice que sos un bandido
porque cuentan que te vieron
la otra noche por la calle San José.

(Instrumental)

Caés a la milonga en cuanto empieza
y sos para las minas el vareador;
sos capaz de bailarte la Marsellesa,
la Marcha a Garibaldi y El Trovador*.

Con un café con leche y una ensaimada
rematás esa noche de bacanal
y al volver a tu casa, de madrugada,
decís: "Yo soy un rana fenomenal".

Garufa, ¡pucha que sos divertido!
Garufa, vos sos un caso perdido;
tu vieja dice que sos un bandido
porque cuentan que te vieron
la otra noche por la calle San José.

English

From La Mondiola neighborhood you are the most clever
and they call you Garufa for being a so cool;
you are more pretentious than a show girl,
who would have succeeded with a tango.

During the week, working non-stop,
and on Saturday night you’re like a star:
you put on the spats and the stiff collar
and you come downtown to break loose.

Garufa! You are really funny!
Garufa, you are already a lost case;
your mother says that you are a bandit
because they say that they saw you
the other night on San Jose street.

(Instrumental)

You arrive at the milonga as soon as it starts
and you dance relentlessly with every woman;
you can even dance to La Marseillaise,
the Garibaldi March or The Troubadour.

With a cafe latte and a pastry
you wrap up the wild party night
and going back home at dawn
you say: “I am the best”.

Garufa! You are really funny!
Garufa, you are already a lost case;
your mother say that you are a bandit
because they say that they saw you
the other night on San Jose street.

Note: la Marsellesa = La Marseillaise,
la Marcha a Garibaldi = Garibaldi March
El Trovador = opera "Il Trovatore" by Giuseppe Verdi