Digging into the trunk of memories

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Special feature
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At the gate (I want to go to Mar del Plata )

Singer: Carlos Gardel
Music: Francisco Lomuto
Lyrics: Francisco Lomuto

The ranchera has its roots in the mazurka, and it appeared in the second decade of the twentieth century. The popularity of the mazurka in the rural areas of the province of Buenos Aires along with the use of the eight bass accordion by Italian immigrants and been, encouraged the Creoles to provide the accompaniment with their guitars, using the 6/8 strumming of El Gato, a popular folklore rhythm. Gradually the transformation of the mazurka in the new world resulted in the ranchera.

Almost all popular singers included in their repertoire this popular musical motive. The two who are among those who contributed to make the Ranchera a famous musical genre were the unforgettable Agustin Magaldi and of course Carlos Gardel.

Recorded on Aug 21, 1930 this is the version by Carlos Gardel with the guitars of Aguilar, Barbieri and Riverol.

To Mar del Plata I want to go
there is only one thing missing
I have a lot of courage
I only need money for travel

I have a house in Colon Street
a few meters from the old Torreon
it’s an the old style cottage
that a good friend is letting me use.

Don’t think that because of this I’m a freeloader
that I do not pay anyone or I’m a shark
Let it be known that I’m very decent,
intelligent and a good-hearted fellow.

If a girl wants to get married
and easily conquer a boyfriend,
two conditions are essential,
having money and a mom who does’t talk;
It is very difficult at present
that little problem of making a home.
And those with pretensions
better to lower those illusions.
Don’t think that I’m a freeloader
that I do not pay anyone or I’m a shark
Let it be known that I’m very decent,
educated, intelligent and a good-hearted fellow.

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