Songs

v. Gato

by Alberto Ginastera From Cinco Canciones populares Argentinas (1943) Op. 10

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Text & Translation

v. Gato
Spanish source: Anon.

El gato de mi casa
Es muy gauchito
Pero cuando lo bailan
Zapateadito.

Guitarrita de pino
Cuerdas de alambre.
Tanto quiero a las chicas,
Digo, como a las grandes.
Esa moza que baila
Mucho la quiero
Pero no para hermana
Que hermana tengo.
Que hermana tengo
Si, pónte al frente
Aunque no sea tu dueño,
Digo, me gusta verte.

Gato
English translation © Jacqueline Cockburn

The cat of the house
is most mischievous,
but when they dance,
they stamp their feet.

With pine guitars
and wire strings.
I like the small girls
as much as the big ones.
That girl dancing
is the one for me.
Not as a sister
I have one already.
I have a sister.
Yes, come to the front.
I may not be your master
but I like to see you.

v. Gato
Spanish source: Anon.

Gato
English source: Jacqueline Cockburn

El gato de mi casa
The cat of the house
Es muy gauchito
is most mischievous,
Pero cuando lo bailan
but when they dance,
Zapateadito.
they stamp their feet.

Guitarrita de pino
With pine guitars
Cuerdas de alambre.
and wire strings.
Tanto quiero a las chicas,
I like the small girls
Digo, como a las grandes.
as much as the big ones.
Esa moza que baila
That girl dancing
Mucho la quiero
is the one for me.
Pero no para hermana
Not as a sister
Que hermana tengo.
I have one already.
Que hermana tengo
I have a sister.
Si, pónte al frente
Yes, come to the front.
Aunque no sea tu dueño,
I may not be your master
Digo, me gusta verte.
but I like to see you.

Composer

Alberto Ginastera

Alberto Evaristo Ginastera was an Argentian composer. Read more here.

Poet

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