“Que Me Quedes Tú” by Shakira, English translation of lyrics

“As Long As I Have You”
Album: Laundry Service, 2001
Style: Pop/rock, love song bargain in an apocalypse scenario. She is willing to let a lot fall to ruin “as long as I have you.”
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube, Amazon

Translation:

Que se arruinen los canales de noticias,
Con lo mucho que odio la televisión.
Que se vuelvan anticuadas las sonrisas,
Y se extingan todas las puestas de sol.

Let the news station channels fall to ruins,
I hate television anyway.
Let smiles become ancient relics,
And let all the rays of sunlight be extinguished.

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“Sueños” by Juanes, English translation of lyrics

“Dreams”
AlbumMi Sangre (My Blood), 2004
Style: Rock, politically aware
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Sueño libertad
Para todos los que están secuestrados hoy
En medio de la selva.

I dream of liberty
For all those who are kidnapped today
In the middle of the jungle.

Y sueño con la paz
De mi pueblo desangrado,
Y con el final
De esta injusta guerra.

And I dream of peace
(For) my hemorrhaged village,
And with the end
Of this unjust war.

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“Para Tu Amor” by Juanes, English translation of lyrics

“For Your Love”
Album: Mi Sangre (My Blood), 2004
Style: Soft rock, sweet
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Para tu amor lo tengo todo,
Desde mi sangre hasta la esencia de mi ser,
Y para tu amor que es mi tesoro,
Tengo mi vida toda entera a tus pies.

For you love I have it all,
Down from my blood up to the very essence of my being,
And for your love that is my treasure,
I have my life all complete at your feet.

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“Nuestro Juramento” by Julio Jaramillo, cover by La Santa Cecilia, English translation of lyrics

“Our Vow” (1956) Lyrics
Composer: Benito de Jesús, famously sung by Julio Jaramillo.
Style: Pasillo, waltz-like originally. Many covers in different styles.
Country: Ecuador originally, but popular across Latin America.
Listen: Julio Jaramillo (Ecuador), José Feliciano (Puerto Rico), Javier Solis (Mexico), Vicente Fernández (Mexico) La Santa Cecilia (Mexican-American), Juanes (Colombia).

“Nuestro Juramento” is a well-known romance song across Latin America and arguably Julio Jaramillo’s most famous song. It is about human mortality and passion. It is two lovers who declare to continue loving each other forever, and to be devastated should the other die. The verb jurar means “to swear, to vow” and a juramento is an oath or a vow.

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“Te Dejo Madrid” by Shakira, English translation of lyrics

“I Am Leaving You Madrid”
Album: Laundry Service, 2001
Style: Pop/rock, upbeat
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube, Amazon

Translation:

Sí, ya es hora de esconder
Del mundo, el dolor
Bajo la piel.
Más sé que estaré bien.
Los gatos como yo caen de pie
.

Yes, the time has come to hide
From the world, the pain
Under my skin.
But I know I’ll be fine.
Cats like me fall on their feet.

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“Podemos Hacernos Daño” by Juanes, English translation

“We Can Cause Each Other Harm” Lyrics
Album: Fíjate Bien (Pay Good Attention), 2000
Style: Pop rock, about the potential of new relationships
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube, Amazon

Translation:

Ya es tarde para que te vea
Igual que lo hacía
En los días lejanos de mi cotidiano eterno
.

It is late now for me to see you
The (same) way I used to
In those far away days of my everyday eternity.

Mira que ya todo es tan distinto,
Estamos explotando,
Uno tan cerca del otro y de pronto mi amor

Look, see that everything is so different now,
We are exploding,
One so close to the other and all of a sudden, my love —

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“Me Enamora” by Juanes, English translation of lyrics

“It Makes Me Fall In Love”
AlbumLa Vida Es Un Ratico (Life is a Brief Moment), 2007
Style: Pop, electric influence, infatuation song
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Cada blanco en mi mente
Se vuelve color con verte
Y el deseo de tenerte,
Es más fuerte, es más fuerte.

Every white (blank) in my mind
Turn to color on seeing you
And the desire to have you,
Is more strong, is more strong.

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“Luna” by Juanes, English translation of lyrics

“Moon”
AlbumUn Día Normal (A Normal Day), 2002
Style: Pop/rock, sweet, singing to the moon about love
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Luna de todas la noches,
Iluminame esta noche.
Dime si ella es la reina
Y la dueña de todo mi amor
.

Moon of all nights,
Illuminate this night for me.
Tell me if she is the queen
And the owner of all my love.

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“Moscas en la Casa” by Shakira, English translation of lyrics

“Flies in the House”
Albums¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (Where Are The Thieves?) and Shakira MTV Unplugged
Style: Rock, subdued and soft, melancholy
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Mis días sin ti son tan oscuros,
Tan largos, tan grises,
Mis días sin ti.

My days without you are so dark,
So long, so gray,
My days without you.

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“Es Por Ti” by Juanes, English translation of lyrics

“It’s For You”
AlbumUn Día Normal (A Normal Day), 2002
Style: Soft rock with a beat, almost pop, love song
Country: Colombia
Listen: YouTube

Translation:

Cada vez que me levanto
Y veo que a mi lado estás
Me siento renovado
.

Every time I rise
And see you at my side
I feel renewed.

Y me siento aniquilado,
Aniquilado si no estás.
Tú controlas toda mi verdad
Y todo lo que está de más
.

And I feel unbalanced,
Unbalanced if you aren’t around.
You control my whole truth
And everything else (of barest mention).

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