“La Mujer” by Mon Laferte and Gloria Trevi, English translation

“The Woman” Lyrics
Album: Seis (Six), 2021
Style: A gloriously dramatic bolero breakup song. The dramatic but energetic style makes the lyrics imagery clearly figurative, not literal, but possibly this needs a trigger warning for suicide/murder/drugs. Just in case!
Countries: Chile, Mexico
Listen: YouTube, Amazon

Translation:

Yo soy esa mujer,
La que cuelga de la soga.
Soy la mujer,
Como el tequila y la droga.

I am that woman,
The one who hangs from the rope.
I am the woman,
Like tequila and drugs.

Yo soy esa mujer.
Yo soy tu sobredosis.
Soy la mujer
De la que nada conoces.

I am that woman.
I am your overdose.
I am the woman
Of whom you know nothing.

Yo soy la que te amó,
La que te perdonó.
Antes de conocerte no sabía de dolor.

I am the one who loved you,
The one who forgave you.
Before meeting you, I did not know of pain.

¡Ay! Qué pena me da saber que *
Ahora estás solo
Y probablemente
Te va a durar y así acabarás.

Ay! What a shame it is that *
You are alone now
And probably
It’s going to stick and that’s how you’ll end.

¡Ay! Ayer por fin dejé de suicidarme.
Ahora tus manos son las que derraman sangre.
Me enamoré de un pobre cobarde.

Ay! Yesterday finally I stopped committing suicide.
Now it’s your hands that drip blood.
I fell in love with a poor coward.

Tú eres el hombre
Que lo controla todo.
Según tú, todo se hace a tu modo.

You are the man
Who controls it all.
According to you, everything must be done your way.

Tú eres el hombre,
El que arma y desarma.
No puedes ni contigo, *
Ni con tu ego, ni con nada.

You are the man,
The one who arms and disarms.
You can’t handle even yourself, *
Nor your ego, nor anything.

Yo soy la que te amó,
La que te perdonó.
Antes de conocerte no sabía de dolor.

I am the one who loved you,
The one who forgave you.
Before meeting you, I did not know of pain.

¡Ay! Qué pena me da saber que
Ahora estás solo
Y probablemente
Te va a durar y así acabarás.

Ay! What a shame it is that
You are alone now
And probably
It’s going to stick and that’s how you’ll end.

¡Ay! Ayer por fin dejé de suicidarme.
Ahora tus manos son las que derraman sangre.
Pobre de ti.
Adiós, triste cobarde.

Ay! Yesterday finally I stopped committing suicide.
Now it’s your hands that drip blood.
Poor you.
Goodbye, sad coward.

Translation Notes:

¡Ay! Qué pena me da saber que / ahora estás solo
Y probablemente / te va a durar y así acabarás
.

Ay! What a shame it is that / you are alone now
And probably / it’s going to stick and that’s how you’ll end (up).

¡Ay! [Qué pena me da] [saber que] {ahora} estás solo
Y probablemente {te va a} [durar] <y así> [acabarás]
.

Ay! [What a pity it gives me] [to know that] {now} you are alone
And probably {it’s going} [to last] {you} <and that’s how> [you’ll end (up) / you’ll finish].

[No puedes] ni contigo, / Ni con tu ego, ni con nada.

You can’t handle even yourself, / Nor your ego, nor anything.

[You can’t even] not with yourself, / Not with your ego, not with anything.

2 thoughts on ““La Mujer” by Mon Laferte and Gloria Trevi, English translation

  1. Great choice!  You probably remember that Mon originally released a solo version of La Mujer some years ago, but reworked the lyrics this year for the duet with Gloria Trevi.   I think she’s said in interviews that she changed the lyrics as the previous version no longer reflects her attitudes.  Saw her in concert in Brooklyn last week and she was remarkable.

    Quick language question:  When she sings,

    Me enamoré de un pobre cobarde.

    Is “pobre’ being used in a sarcastic mocking way, as in ¡Pobre de ti!    Or is she using it in its literal sense – i.e. he’s got no money (and he’s a coward too)?

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  2. Thanks! Here, “pobre” means something like “pitiful”. It intensifies “coward” and might not necessarily mean literally low wealth, though she could mean both.

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