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Thread #66961   Message #1115447
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
13-Feb-04 - 05:55 PM
Thread Name: lyr/chords: Cancion Mixteca
Subject: RE: Chord Req: Cancion Mixteca chords required
I think ClaireBear handled this with links in thread 57249. I know there is a link to sheet music. Check it out.
Mixteca
Thread #57249   Message #900069
Posted By: GUEST,ClaireBear
27-Feb-03 - 06:41 PM
Thread Name: 'Funeral home' songs
Subject: Lyr Add: Cancion Mixteca

When my mother died after a long illness, the four of us offspring worked up two a cappella arrangements: Beulah Land (which *her* mother had loved) and Cancion Mixteca, which my mother loved and which seemed strangely appropriate for someone who had lived rather too long. I sang lead on that one. Hardest gig I've ever had -- this not being the easiest song to sing under the best of circumstances -- but we sent Mamacita off in style. Since it doesn't seem to live at Mudcat, here are the words and an approximate translation:

Cancion Mixteca

¡Qué lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido,
inmensa nostagia invade mi pensamiento,
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento!

¡0h tierra del sol, suspiro por verte
ahora que lejos yo vivo sin luz, sin amor,
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento!

Approximate translation:

How far away I am from my homeland,
great nostalgia invades my mind,
and when I see myself so lonesome and sad, like a leaf in the wind,
I'd like to cry, I'd like to die of sorrow!

Oh land of the sun I long to see you
now that I live faraway, without light, without love;
and when I see myself so lonesome and sad, like a leaf in the wind,
I'd like to cry, I'd like to die of sorrow!

Here's a link to the sheet music: Cancion Mixteca music (sorry, no lyrics underlaid)

Let's see if I can find a tune file...hmmm, this page has MP3s for Mac and PC: MP3s

BTW, "There's a Long, Long Trail a-Winding" also made an appearance, not vocally but I placed the lyrics on her funeral announcement.