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Dicen que mi majo es feo. Es posible que sí que lo sea, que amor es deseo que ciega y marea. Ha tiempo que sé que quien ama no ve. Mas si no es mi majo un hombre que por lindo descuelle y asombre, en cambio es discreto y guarda un secreto que yo posé en él sabiendo que es fiel. ¿Cuál es el secreto que el majo guardó? Sería indiscreto contarlo yo. No poco trabajo costara saber secretos de un majo con una mujer. Nació en Lavapiés. ¡Eh, ¡eh! ¡Es un majo, un majo es!
- by Fernando Periquet (1873 - 1940) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Enrique Granados y Campiña (1867 - 1916), "El majo discreto", from Colección de tonadillas, no. 3. [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Pamela Narbona Jerez) , "The discreet lover", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'amoureux discret", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , "Der diskrete Majo", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Some say that my beloved is homely. It is possible that he may be, For love is desire Which blinds and dizzies. For long have I known That loving is not seeing. But if my beloved is not a man Whose beauty turns heads and astonishes, Then he is discreet And the keeper of a secret That I entrusted to him Knowing that he is true. What could this secret be That my beloved is safeguarding? It would be indiscreet For me to reveal it. It is no small feat to learn The secrets between a man and a woman. He was born in Lavapiés. Uh-huh! He is handsome, handsome is he!
- Translation from Spanish (Español) to English copyright © 2015 by Pamela Narbona Jerez, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
This text was added to the website: 2015-02-02
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