Part 17: Coda – Return to Luis Alberto Spinetta
This series about the history of rock in Argentina has ended up being rather longer than I originally anticipated. However, it’s time to end the trip and to round things off I have chosen another great song by Invisible from ‘El Jardín de los Presentes’.
This is superb melodic prog, made exceptional by the subtle use of bandoneón (the accordion used in tango music).
The Plaza de Mayo is one of the main town squares in Buenos Aires. The site has strong associations with political protest, though the writer Luis Alberto Spinetta always denied that this was a protest song. However, it was written against a backdrop of political violence which forced Spintetta into exile in the USA… but like the swallows he returned.
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LAS GOLONDRINAS DE PLAZA DE MAYO Las golondrinas de Plaza de Mayo Observan la gente, Desde el mismo árbol, Y al llegar el verano, La ciudad se cubre de flores, Vienen y van... Vuelan y vuelan las golondrinas Las golondrinas de Plaza de Mayo Se van en invierno, Vuelven en verano Las golondrinas de Plaza de Mayo Y si las observas, comprenderás que solo vuelan en libertad 'Bienvenidos al Jardín de los Presentes...'
THE SWALLOWS IN THE TOWN SQUARE The swallows in the town square Watching the people From the same tree And when summer arrives The city becomes covered with flowers They come and they go ... The swallows fly and fly The swallows in the town square They leave in winter They come back in summer The swallows in the town square And if you see them You will understand That they are just flying free 'Welcome to the garden of the present...'