Spanish Pop Lyrics

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UNA CALLE DE PARÍS – SUNG IN ENGLISH! January 1, 2011

Filed under: 1980s,Duncan Dhu,Marcos Extranjero — spanishpoplyrics @ 11:36 am

For a year now I’ve been translating Spanish pop songs into English, but is it possible to write a singable translation of a song i.e. one which rhymes and scans and retains the meaning of the original?

The short answer is no – but I’ve had a go anyway. The song is “Una Calle De Paris” by Duncan Dhu. (see March 2010 for my original post on this song with a more literal translation).

Obviously I’ve had to take a lot of liberties to try and make it work. I’ve tried to retain some of the poetry and flow of the original which has mean’t changing some lines completely. I just hope the writers Mikel Erentxun and Diego Vasallo aren’t too offended!. Anyway, I’m pleased with it and I think it’s worth sharing.

PARISIAN AVENUE

A Parisian avenue
I lost my money, that’s not why I’m feeling blue
I took a gamble from the start
You shouldn’t play games 
Like that with somebody’s heart
And in my room the lights are dead
There’s a painting and a bed

A Parisian avenue
Just a memory, I wanted more from you
You said goodbye, I paid the bill
the wine and pleasure
I suppose you’d had your fill
The curtains in my room are thin
I keep them drawn I don’t want the sun to come in

The night it took away
My paintings and what was left of my faith
And now no one will say
They saw me painting, those were different days
The portrait that I left
Your smile unfinished, how could I forget?
I hangs over the bed
Your lips so red… 

A Parisian avenue
Remembers all the things I never did with you
All the things we could have been
You shouldn’t play games 
Like that with somebody’s dream
And in my room the lights are dead
There’s a painting and a bed
The curtains in my room are thin
I keep them drawn I don’t want the sun to come in
 

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