Football World Cup Special
To celebrate the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, here is a song about the legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona. . Manu Chao is French but his parents were Spanish. He sings in French, Spanish, English, Arabic and other languages, sometimes mixing them up in the same song. This track is from ‘La Radiolina’ (2007). Completely in Spanish, it is featured in the documentary ‘Maradona by Kusturica’. The film is in a mixture of English and Spanish, and at the very end Manu Chao plays this song in the street while Maradonna watches – a strangely moving moment (see below). He includes an extra line of lyrics at the end of this version:
‘Y una mano en el altar’ (with one hand on the altar)
a clear reference to the hand of God! .
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LA VIDA TÓMBOLA Si yo fuera Maradona viviría como él si yo fuera Maradona frente a cualquier portería Si yo fuera Maradona nunca m'equivocaría si yo fuera Maradona perdido en cualquier lugar. ESTRIBILLO: La vida es una tómbola... de noche y de día... la vida es una tómbola y arriba y arriba.... Si yo fuera Maradona viviría como él mil cohetes, mil amigos y lo que venga a mil por cien... Si yo fuera Maradona saldría en Mondovision para gritarle a la FIFA ¡Que ellos son el gran ladrón! ESTRIBILLO Si yo fuera Maradona viviría como él porque el mundo es una bola que se vive a flor de piel Si yo fuera Maradona frente a cualquier porquería nunca me equivocaría... Si yo fuera Maradona y un partido que ganar si yo fuera Maradona perdido en cualquier lugar... ESTRIBILLO
THE LOTTERY OF LIFE If I were Maradona I'd live like him If I were Maradona In front of any goal If I were Maradona I'd never make mistakes If I were Maradona Lost in any place CHORUS: Life is a lottery Night and day Life is a lottery Come on, come on! If I were Maradona I'd live like him A thousand fireworks, a thousand friends Whatever comes, at a thousand percent If I were Maradona I'd appear on Mondovision (TV) To shout at FIFA That they are the bigtime crooks! CHORUS If I were Maradona I'd live like him Because the world is a ball On which we live, emotions on the surface If I were Maradona In front of any rubbish (team) I'd never make mistakes If I were Maradona With a game to win If I were Maradona Lost in any place CHORUS