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Exercises Level 3: Children's songs

  Alirón tira del gordón - Children's songs




  Comment about the song
It is hard to be very precise about the background of the song, but remembering that poor noble families are ridiculed by tradition (also Don Quijote belongs to this category), one can easily understand this song.
In this song it is described how people try to keep appearances even without the financial status.
This song is to be found in many different versions, and part of it is also used in the folk opera (Zarzuela) Agua, azucarillos y aguardiente.

Spanish  Text English Text
 
Alirón tira del gordón
...........................
 
Alirón, pull the rope
...........................

Tanto vestido blanco, tanta farola.
Y el puchero a la lumbre con agua sola.
Alirón tira del cordón si vas a Valencia.
Dónde irás amor mío sin mi licencia.

Tanto jubón de seda tantos encajes
sin tener una silla donde sentarse.
Alirón tira del cordón si vas a la Italia.
Dónde irás amor mío que yo no vaya.

Tanto reloj de oro tanta cadena
luego vas a su casa y ahí no hay cena
Alirón tira del cordón si vas a Valencia
Dónde irás amor mío sin mi licencia.

Llevan los señoritos en el zapato
un letrero que dice no tengo nun cuarto
Alirón tira del cordón si vas a la Italia
Dónde irás amor mío que yo no vaya

Por no tener un cuarto para un espejo
en el cubo del agua se mira el necio
Alirón tira del cordón si vas a Valencia.
Dónde irás amor mío sin mi licencia.

Dressed in white, what a glamour
and the kettle in the fire place with only water.
Alirón, pull the rope when going to Valencia.
Where will you go my dear without my permission.

So many bodices from silk and lace,
without a chair where to sit
Alirón, pull the rope when going to Italy.
Where will you go my dear where I do not go.

So many clocks from gold and so much chain
and then you go home and there is no food.
Alirón, pull the rope when going to Valencia
Where will you go my dear without my permission.

In the shoes the lordship has a note
where it is written I do not have a penny.
Alirón, pull the rope when going to Italy.
Where will you go my dear where I do not go.

'Cause he has no money to buy a mirror,
he watches himself in a bucket of water, fool.
Alirón, pull the rope when going to Valencia
Where will you go my dear without my permission.


vocabulary  
  el vestido = dress
  blanco = white
  el puchero = kettle, cauldron
  la lumbre = firebed
  el agua = water
  la farola = street lamp
  el cordón = rope
  tirar = to pull
  el jubón = bodice
  el encaje = lace
  la silla = chair
  el amor = love
  el reloj = clock
  llevar = to carry
  el cubo = bucket
  la licencia = permission
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