Translation © by Laura Prichard

Allá Arriba, En Aquella Montaña
Language: Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Allá arriba, en aquella montaña, 
yo corté una caña, yo corté un clavel.
Labrador ha de ser, labrador,
que mi amante lo es.
No le quiero molinero, 
que me da con el maquilandero.
Yo le quiero labrador, 
que coja las mulas y se vaya a arar 
y a la medianoche me venga a rondar.
Entra labrador si vienes a verme. 
Si vienes a verme ven por el corral,
sube por el naranjo, que seguro vas.
Entra labrador si vienes a verme.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Up there, on that mountain", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 81

Up there, on that mountain
Language: English  after the Spanish (Español) 
Up there, on that mountain, 
I cut some cane, I picked a carnation.
A simple farmer must he be, a simple farmer,
must my lover be.
I do not want a miller, 
who treats me like the grain that powers his mill.
I want a simple farmer, 
to take the mules and go to plow
and at midnight come to serenade me.
Enter, farmer, if you have come to see me. 
If you come to me, come through the farmyard,
climb the orange tree, [just] to be safe.
Enter, farmer, if you have come to see me. 

Translator's notes: This folksong from Candeleda, Avila, in Castille y León is also called “La molinera y el maquilandero."


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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-13
Line count: 13
Word count: 97