This single is from 1981. As their name suggests, it was all over very quickly for Los Rápidos, a group from Barcelona whose sound reflects the transition from pub-rock to new-wave. They sold very few records but the band evolved into first Los Burros and then the hugely successful El Último de la Fila.
RUTA DEL SUR Sobre la cama un papel me dejó. No tengo nada que hacer aquí, yo me voy. Cierro la puerta y adiós, a correr. Andando hasta diagonal. Es tarde ya, ¡qué mas da, llévame! ¡Cuanto más lejos mejor! Ruta del sur, corro hacia el infinito. Cruzo el país, me da igual cualquier sitio. Descanso aquí, nadie me está esperando. Sigue sin mi, tu casi estás llegando. La luna cúbica flota y me sonríe. No tiene boca Y sueña que me quiere besar. Entre una niebla de cuento, carretera interior. Dios sabe donde estaré. Andando toda la noche sin parar. No me acuerdo de llorar. Quedan atrás las tardes del domingo. Mi calle gris, mis amigos de siempre. Muy lejos ya, tirado en la cuneta. Se queda atrás mi mundo de ciudad. Ruta del sur, corro hacia el infinito. Cruzo el país, me da igual cualquier sitio. Me paro aquí, nadie me está esperando. Sigue sin mi, tu casi estás llegando.
ROUTE SOUTH On the bed, a note she left me. I have nothing to do here, I'm going. I close the door, say goodbye, and run Walking across the avenue It's too late, who cares, take me! The further the better! Route south, I run into infinity. I cross the country, I don’t mind where. I rest here, nobody is waiting for me. Go on without me, you're almost there The square moon floats and smiles at me It has no mouth And dreams that I want to kiss it In a fairytale mist, the inner road God knows where I'll end up Walking all night without stopping. I don’t remember to cry Left behind the Sunday afternoons. My grey road, my old friends. Far away now, lying in the gutter. My world of the city left behind Route south, I run into infinity. I cross the country, I don’t mind where. I stop here, nobody is waiting for me. Go on without me, you're almost there
* CHORDS / ACORDES: Verse / Estrofa D – A – D – G – D/F# Chorus / Estribillo: A/C# – D – G9/B – G9/B Bridge / Puente A – E – Bm – D
BOOKS FOR LEARNING SPANISH:
PART 1: Self study books written in English.
Here are some of the books that have helped me, with brief reviews and comments and a rating out of 5 stars.
BBC: España Viva: Spanish for Beginners
This seems to be aimed at adults who want to learn a bit of holiday Spanish. It’s been popular for a long time, probably because it’s a pretty painless introduction to the language and the presenters (on the CD) have got a lot of charm. However, it seriously lacks depth – I went through the whole thing in under two weeks. Apart from changing from Pesetas to Euros, the book hasn’t be updated for many years.
CDs: It appears you can buy the book without the CDs, but I think the course (over)relies on them so much that it wouldn’t work that way.
Workbook: Terrible – dull and much too difficult in comparison to the coursebook.
SUEÑOS: World Spanish 1 (Beginners)
This is much more substantial than España Viva, and a good place to start for more serious students. Opinion seems to be divided on the ‘Spanish Culture’ sections, but you can always skip them (I know I did!). It also tries to cover South-American Spanish, which I found confusing, but again I just tended to ignore this. Overall, this is packed with excellent content.
CDs: I didn’t have these but you can use the book without them.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Spanish Verb Tenses
Really, my only regret with this is that I didn’t get it earlier. Basically, it cuts to the chase and gets right to the heart of the difficult part of Spanish – the verb conjugations and when to use the different tenses. There’s a lot of material here: I would recommend getting it when you reach Pre-Intermediate level and then you can work your way through all the way up to Upper-Intermediate level. The grammar explanations are very clear, but what really makes it outstanding are the exercises (which make up most of the book). In stark contrast with other books they are witty and relatively painless to do – especially the translations which make you wonder why more grammar books don’t have a sense of humour.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Advanced Spanish Grammar
This suffers in comparison with the previous volume, but despite this I’d recommend it to people who have reached Upper-Intermediate level. It’s a much slimmer book, and unfortunately the (relatively few) exercises aren’t integrated into the chapters in the same way as in ‘Spanish Verb Tenses’. This makes the book, which presesnts the information pretty densely, a bit of a slog to get through. It’s worth it though, because it focuses on lots of difficult but important areas e.g. prepositions, which other books shy away from. The chapter on idioms is especially good.
BOOKS PART 2: Class books written in Spanish.
If you study in a class in Spain you will almost certainly use a book completely in Spanish. Sadly in my experience these aren’t that great – at least in comparison with the equivalents available for people learning English.
PRISMA: Método de Español para Extranjeros
There are six levels in this series. I used the 2nd (Lower-Intermediate) and 3rd (Intermediate) books when I studied in La Escuela Oficial de Idiomas.
I didn’t like these books much. At times they seem perversly difficult – as if the writers are trying to catch you out – which is of course the last thing a student needs (especially at the lower levels). The presentation of vocabulary is especially bad – these books will have you reaching for your dictionary continually (if it’s allowed in your class!). You will also grow to hate the cartoonist whose amateurish efforts are used on almost every page.
CD: OK, but just one CD for the whole course isn’t enough.
Workbook: Arguably better than the coursebook. Difficult and not much fun, but the number and variety of exercises make it good value for money.
ESPAÑOL LENGUA VIVA
After my experience with Prisma, I searched for a better alternative (though to use for self-study rather than with a class). This was the best I found. There are four books in the series. I used the 3rd (Upper-Intermediate) and the 4th (Advanced).
It’s solid rather than inspired. It sticks to the obvious topics and isn’t particularly imaginative or entertaining. However, if you want a book of this type it does the job better than the competition.
CDs: Very good.
Workbook: I haven’t got this.
ESPAÑOL EN MARCHA
There are four books in this series. I only did a couple of chapters of the 4th (Upper-Intermediate), so I’m not qualified to review it properly. The format is similar to Español Lengua Viva, but I found it to have notably less content.
There are four books in this series. When I saw this I was really optimistic. This book stands out as being a bit different from the competition. However, I found the style odd and gave up after one chapter. The CD, which focused on basic pronunciation exercises (in book 3 – Upper-Intermediate!) was especially perplexing.