Archive for 26 26+00:00 septiembre 26+00:00 2008

Luis Eduardo Aute’s «At dawn»

(Luis Eduardo Aute with guitarrist Luis Mendo)
Luis Eduardo Aute is one of the most romantic, poetic and imaginative Spanish songwriter in Spanish language.In the begining, 1967, considered as a member of Nueva Canción Castellan, many people thought about him that he was very commercial; but Aute soon shown how good lyricist he could be. Since 1967 till today, Aute had recorded a plenty of records and wrote lots of songs, for him, but for others singers too: Massiel, Las Madres del Cordero, Marisol, Luis Pastor… His words can be romantics, poetics, philosophical, satyric, etc. Aute has a lot of kind of songs.
One of his most beautiful and depth songs is this "Al alba".
(Drawing by Florencio Clavé)
"Al alba"’s story: In 1975, being a hard and trouble year, with many strikes and riots, and the extreme-right wing very active, Franco’s government sentence to death to 11 persons. This fact made many people all around the world make a protest against Franco’s regime. Franco, finally, decided grant a kind of amnesty to six of the prisoners, but keep the death penalty to 5 of them: José Humberto Baena, Ramón García Sanz and José Luis Sánchez Bravo, members of FRAP (Patriotic Anti-fascist Revolutionary Front) -guned arm of a split of the Spanish Comunist Party, named Marxist-Leninist Spanish Comunist Party-, and Anjel Otaegi and Jon Paredes Manot "Txiki", members of ETA (Basque Country and Freedom; B. Euskadi ta Askatasuna). Although they belonged to armed bands, really they never could show they did the crimes they were attributing to them: no witness of the assault could recognize "Txiki", and the only proof that attribute to Otaegi the crime of keep in his home to ETA’s militants was a ETA member’s fingerprint that the police used to sing the member’s confession (cause, due to torture, they made of him a vegetal). The whole world was protesting against the 5 boys’ death penalty, lots of them were exiliated Spaniards. But in September 27, the 5 boys were shoot to death.
The fact inspired lots of poems and songs to the Spanish songwriters: Koska’s "Xirgu egin zituzten" ("For the sweet and loving land"), José Menese’s "Muerto a muerto" (Dead by dead), Urko’s "Gure lagunei" (To our companions) and many others. Of all of them, "Al alba" is one of the best. Aute wrote it fastly, and, for could sing it, he said nobody what was the song’s theme. Nor even to his friend, a novel songwriter from Madrid named Rosa León, who shall recorded for his 1975’s LP Al alba -At dawn-.

Aute will recorded it the next year, for his LP Albanta:

Al alba

Si te dijera, amor mío,
que temo a la madrugada,
no sé qué estrellas son éstas
que hieren como amenazas
ni sé qué sangra la luna
al filo de su guadaña.

Presiento que tras la noche
vendrá la noche más larga,
quiero que no me abandones,
amor mío, al alba,
al alba, al alba.

Los hijos que no tuvimos
se esconden en las cloacas,
comen las últimas flores,
parece que adivinaran
que el día que se avecina
viene con hambre atrasada.

Miles de buitres callados
van extendiendo sus alas,
¿no te destroza, amor mío,
esta silenciosa danza?
Maldito baile de muertos,
pólvora de la mañana.

At dawn

If I’d tell you, my love,/ that I’m scared of the dawn,/ I don’t know which stars are these/ that injures like threats,/ nor what is bleeding the moon/ at its scythe’s edge.// I foresee that after night/ shall come the longest night./ I want you not to leave me,/ my love, at dawn,/ at dawn, at dawn.// The children we never had/ are hiding in the sewers,/ they eat the last flowers,/ it seems that they guess/ that the forthcoming day/ comes with backward hunger.// A thousand of silent vultures/ go spreading their wings,/ don’t shatters you, my love,/ this silency dance?/ Damned dead’s dance,/ morning’s gunpowder.

Luis Eduardo Aute


Fidelidad/ El Abrazo

"El abrazo", por Juan Genovés
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