Tango Lyrics in Spanish and English

CUALQUIER COSA
Cheap thing (1928)
Lyrics by: Juan Miguel Velich
Music by: Herminia Adela Velich


Translated by: Laureano Fernandez/Mike Strand Return to Table of Contents
Last update on: 5/30/13
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CARLOS GARDEL

Herminia Velich, the daughter of Juan Velich, was part of the 1920's female singer movement. She sang with his father since an early age, and in the mid 1920s her voice could be heard on the radio and on stages around the city. The word "esplin" on the fourth line is a phonetically imported word from the English "spleen," as in melancholy, boredom of life.

CASTELLANO ENGLISH
Cualquier cosa resultaste
Para que un hombre derecho
Tu maldad tomara a pecho
Entregándose al esplin
Con tu acción me comprobaste
Lo que de ti suponía,
Que tu amor me sonreía
Para lograr otro fin.

Loca mía,
Alma cruel y atravesada,
Por tu artera puñalada
Toda mi dicha perdí.
Quién diría
Que tu pensamiento terco
Te volviera flor de cerco
Y no encanto para mí.

Tus divinos ojos verdes,
Mezcla de mar y de cielo,
Han dejado un desconsuelo
Que amargó a mi corazón.
Ruegue Dios que no te acuerdes
De volver ya que te fuiste
Porque el daño que me hiciste
No merece mi perdón.

Loca mía,
Alma cruel y atravesada,
Por tu artera puñalada
Toda mi dicha perdí.
Quién diría
Que tu pensamiento terco
Te volviera flor de cerco
Y no encanto para mí.
You turned out to be a cheap thing
So that an honest man
Would take your evil to heart,
Surrendering himself to spleen.
Your behavior proved to me
What I guessed about you,
That you smiled at me with the face of love
To reach a different goal.

My crazy one,
Cruel, capricious soul,
Because of your cheating stab
I lost all my happiness.
Who could have imagined
That your stubborn thoughts
Would change you into a weed,
Nothing of charm for me!

Your divine green eyes,
A blend of sea and sky,
Have brought me a sorrow
That made my heart bitter.
I pray to God you forget
About coming back, now that you left me,
Because the harm you brought to me
Does not deserve that I forgive you.

My crazy one,
Cruel, capricious soul,
Because of your cheating stab
I lost all my happiness.
Who could have imagined
That your stubborn thoughts
Would change you into a weed,
Nothing of charm for me!

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