Sobre El Pucho (Over The Cigarette)

Lyrics: José González Castillo
Translation: Felipe & Ayano
Music: Sebastián Piana
Recorded by Juan D'Arienzo with Héctor Mauré in 1941

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Un callejón de Pompeya
y un farolito plateando el fango
y allí un malevo que fuma,
y un organito moliendo un tango;

Y al son de aquella milonga,
más que su vida mistonga,
meditando, aquel malevo
recordó la canción de su dolor.

Tango querido
que ya pa'siempre pasó,
como pucho consumió
las delicias de mi vida
que hoy cenizas sólo son.

Tango querido
que ya pa'siempre calló,
¿quién entonces me diría
que vos te llevarías
mi única ilusión?

(Instrumental)

Y al son de aquella milonga,
más que su vida mistonga,
meditando, aquel malevo
recordó la canción de su dolor.

English

An alley in Pompeya neighborhood,
And a streetlamp’s silver reflexion in the mud
And there, a ruffian that smokes,
And a barrel organ cranking a tango;

And to the music of that milonga,
more than his miserable life,
meditating, that ruffian
remembered his painful song.

Dear tango
that it’s gone forever,
it consumed like a cigarette
the delights of my life
that are just ashes today.

Dear tango
that is silenced for good,
who would then tell me
that you would take away
my only dream?

(Instrumental)

And to the music of that milonga,
more than his miserable life,
meditating, that ruffian
remembered his painful song.