“La Democracia” by Mon Laferte, English translation of lyrics

“The Democracy” Lyrics
Album: SEIS (Six), 2021
Style: Cumbia about politics in Latin America, lamenting poor conditions and atrocities done in the name of democracy.
Country: Chile, Mexico
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Tú no tienes la culpa de que la plata a nadie le alcanza.
Tú no tienes la culpa de la violencia y de la matanza.
Así el mundo nos recibió: con muchas balas, poca esperanza.
Quiero que todo sea mejor, que se equilibre esa balanza.

It’s not your fault that money doesn’t stretch out far enough for anyone.
It’s not your fault, the violence and the killings.
This is how the world received us: with many bullets, little hope.
I want everything to be better, for that scale to balance.

Tú no tienes la culpa de que a los pobres los lleven presos.
Tú no tienes la culpa que quemen bosques por el progreso.
Y los de arriba sacan ventaja, y la justicia quе sube y baja,
Nos tienen siеmpre la soga al cuello, la vida al filo de una navaja.

It’s not your fault that the poor are taken prisoner.
It’s not your fault that they burn forests for progress.
And those above take advantage, and the justice that rises and falls,
They keep a noose around our necks always, with life on a razor’s edge.

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