Caetano Veloso is one of the great Brazilian singer-songwriters. Though he sings mainly in Portuguese, he also records frequently in English and Spanish. In fact, some of his most commercially successful recordings are those in Spanish, which are typically cover versions.
This is a Mexican song which was popularised by Pedro Infante in the mid-fifties when he sang it in the movie ‘Escuela De Vagabundos’ in Mariachi style (see below). Veloso sang this beautiful version in Pedro Almodovar’s film ‘Hable Con Ella’ (‘Talk to Her’) in 2002.


Dicen que por las noches
No más se le iba en puro llorar
Dicen que no comia
No mas se le iba en puro tomar
Juran que el mismo cielo
Se extremecia al oir su llanto
Como sufria por ella
Que hasta en su muerte 
La fue llamando

Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, cantaba
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, gemia
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, cantaba
De pasión mortal moria

Que una paloma triste
Muy de mañana 
Le va a cantar
A la casita sola
Con las puertitas de par en par
Juran que esa paloma
No es otra cosa mas que su alma
Que todavia la espera
A que regrese la desdichada

Cucurrucucú, paloma
Cucurrucucú, no llores
Las piedras jamás, paloma
¿Que van a saber de amores?

They say that at night
He did nothing but cry
They say he didn't eat
He did nothing but drink
They swear that the heavens themselves
Trembled on hearing his weeping
How he suffered for her
That even in death
He went on calling for her

Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, he sang
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, he groaned
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, he sang
He died from a deadly passion

That a sad dove
Very early in the morning 
Is going to sing to him 
In the lonely little house
With its little doors open wide
They swear that that dove
Is actually his soul
That is still waiting
For the ill fated (woman) to return

Coo coo ru coo coo, paloma (dove)
Coo coo roo coo coo, don't cry,
The stones never, paloma (dove)
What will they ever know of love?

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