Chavela Vargas’ Paloma Negra

Chavela Vargas is a legendary Mexican singer with a dramatic and haunting voice that sings with passion and deep emotions. She was featured in the movie Frida. Her song “Paloma Negra” is one of my favorites. Below are the translated lyrics from the Frida soundtrack CD cover. It is also a beautiful poem that I related to. There are several versions of it on YouTube. Here is one. Make sure you listen to it all the way to the end even if you don’t know Spanish.

Song: Paloma Negra (Black Dove)
Singer: Chavela Vargas

Music by Tomas Mendez
From Frida sound track

I’m tired of weeping and yet there’s no sign of the sun
I no longer know whether to curse you or pray for you
I’m afraid to look for you and afraid to find you
Where my friends all tell me that you’ve gone

At times I feel like relinquishing the fight
And ripping out the nails that cause my pain
But my eyes are dying without looking into yours
And my affection returns to wait for you at dawn

And you decided on your own to find a party
Black dove, black dove, where are you?
Stop playing with my honor, party girl
Your caresses must be mine, and no one else’s

And though I love you madly, don’t come back to me
Black dove, you are the bars on this cage of suffering
I want to be free and live my life with whom I choose
Lord, give me strength for I’m dying to go find her

And you decided on your own to find a party

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