Thursday, June 12, 2014
Something else: La gota fria (The Cold Sweat)
This famous song developed from a musical duel between two Colombian bards, Zulueta and Morales. They challenge each other, insult the mothers, Zulueta calls Morales an Indian with no culture and Morales calls him a bastard, Zulueta mocks Morales that imagined he was about to win but when heard him he got cold sweat (of fear) and his hands trembled and so on for hours. Lyrics (there are many versions, this is one, the translation is mine):
Me lleva el o me lo llevo yo
pa' que se acabe la vaina (bis)
Ay ! Morales a mi no me lleva
porque no me da la gana
Moralito a mi no me lleva
porque no me da la gana.
He takes me (defeats me) or I take him, so we finish this dispute Ay! Morales cannot take me, because I am not in the mood. Little Morales cannot take me since I dont feel like it.
Qué cultura, qué cultura va a tener
un indio chumeca como Lorenzo Morales
que cultura va a tener
si nació en los cardonales (bis).
What culture, what culture can have a chumeca (= Jamaican) Indian like Lorenzo Morales
What culture can he have if he was conceived among the thistles.
Morales mienta mi mama
solamente pa' ofender (bis)
para que él también se ofenda
ahora le miento la de él. (bis)
Morales talks about my mother since he wants to insult me. To return the offense, Now I mention his mother too.