Almendra were one of the most influential groups in the early days of Argentinian rock. Their first single from 1968 was inspired by a friend of the band (presumably Pototo!) when they thought he was dead.
TEMA DE POTOTO * Para saber como es la soledad tendrás que ver que a tu lado no está quien nunca a ti te dejaba pensar en donde estaba el bien, en donde la maldad. * La soledad es un amigo que no está es su palabra que no ves llegar igual. Si es que sus sueños son luces en torno a ti tu te das cuenta que él ya nunca ha de morir, nunca ha de morir. * Al observar como muere la flor tu verás que también muere la paz es que esa paz revivirá en su voz la flor te la dará para plantarla igual. * La soledad es un amigo que no está…
POTOTO’S SONG * To understand what loneliness is like You'll have to see that he’s not at your side The person who never let you think about Where there was good, Where there was evil. * Loneliness is a friend who’s not here It’s his word that you can’t see coming If his dreams are lights around you You realize that now he never has to die He never has to die * When you see how a flower dies You'll see that peace dies as well It means that peace will be revived in his voice The flower he’ll give you to plant as before * Loneliness is a friend who’s not here…
* GUITAR CHORDS: C - G - F - G C - G - F - G F – Em - Am G – F – G Chorus: Cm – Fm – Ddim – C Cm – Fm – Ddim – C – G Coda: Ab - Bb – Bbm… Bbm – Am – Abm – Gm – F#m – F9 * GRAMMAR: In April we looked at the difference between Hay que and Tener que Haber de is very similar in meaning. I think the sense of obligation is slightly weaker. Haber de +Infinitive – To be neccesary However, I think it’s used in the song to express a vaguer, more poetic sense:
Nunca ha de morir – He never has to die