Uruguay’s Los Shakers were perhaps the most influential South American rock band of the mid-sixties. I wrote about their impact on Argentina in the first part of my series about rock in that country. They sang mostly in English and this is one of the few songs they recorded in Spanish. It’s as charming a slice of beat pop as you could wish for.
The track “Forgive Me” on their 1965 debut LP has the same music but with unrelated English lyrics.
NO FUIMOS Yo tomé tu mano y temblé Yo besé tus labios y lloré Todo pienso cuando digo Que tu y yo (oh oh oh oh) No fuimos En tu mano viva yo ayer En tus labios muertos querer Y aunque no los tuve nunca Yo los senti (oh oh oh oh) No fuimos
WE DIDN'T GO I took your hand and trembled I kissed your lips and cried Everything I think when I say That you and I (oh oh oh oh) We didn't go I held your living hand yesterday I long to kiss your dead lips And although I never had them I felt them (oh oh oh oh) We didn't go