Music: Ricardo Malerba / Dante Smurra – Lyrics: Manuel Ferradás Campos

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“Embrujamiento” (spellbound) is about the spell of passionate love. When he fell in love, the poet in fact fell under a strong unbreakable spell. No matter how much he tries, he finds himself trapped in time, trapped in his own recurring thoughts and feelings.

 

The story

Throughout the whole song, the poet tries to free himself from this spell of love, even begging for mercy. There is no mercy for him however – the spell is cast, the loop is closed: the song opens on this verse: “What merciless spell is this love?” and closes on: “On my knees, I beg you for mercy.”

In the translation, we used repetitive sounds, meant to resemble little cries from the poet’s heart to convey how strong the spell is. Days repeat themselves, minutes pass and the spell remains the same, the pain remains the same.

Aún sabiendo que no es mío tu corazón.
¿Por qué te quiero odiar si sólo sé vivir
queriéndote cada vez más?

Although I know your heart is not my own
Why would I hate you, when all I know
Is how to love you more each passing day?

His love is a vicious circle which is clearly expressed in the song:

Quiero olvidarte y te llamo,
quiero odiarte y te adoro.

I want to forget you, yet I call out for you
I want to hate you, yet I worship you

Although there is little hope of mercy, the poet still hopes faith and prayers might help:

Tu amor es una condena
que bendice tu nombre.

Your love is my penance,
Your name is my prayer.

In the catholic faith, one does penance through prayer and this is what the poet resorts to, using his lover’s name as a holy prayer, an incantation of some sort. His love is a curse and her name, a blessing.

Embrujamiento was written by Ricardo Malerba, Dante Smurra with lyrics from Manuel Ferradás Campos. It was recorded by many orchestras but Malbera’s version is one that definitely stands out.

 

Embrujamiento has been translated by Tanguito, Argentine Tango Academy in London, with the help of a fantastic milonguera friend. If you have any comment or have other interpretations of the lyrics, please feel free to share your opinion, we’d love to hear what you think. :)

Nathalie, Tanguito

 

The music

We published a tanda with Embrujamiento.. Check it out if you want to get into a milonga mood already! :-)

You can also check the performance by Oscar Mandagaran & Georgina Vargas.

 

The lyrics

Embrujamiento

¡Qué embrujo sin perdón es este amor!
¡Tu amor!,
del que no puedo libertarme.
¿Qué fuerza loca y cruel me empuja a vos, sin ver
que ya jamás podré salvarme?
¿Qué magia hay en tu boca
roja como una maldición,
que me embruja y me quema?
Aún sabiendo que no es mío tu corazón.
¿Por qué te quiero odiar si sólo sé vivir
queriéndote cada vez más?

Spellbound

What merciless spell is this love?
Your love!
Holding me captive
What mad and cruel force pulls me towards you,
Utterly blind to my downfall?
What magic is there on your lips
Scarlett as a curse
Burning and bewitching me?
Although I know your heart is not my own
Why would I hate you, when all I know
Is how to love you more each passing day?

 
Tu amor es fuego en mis venas
y es insomnio en mis noches.
Tu amor es una condena
que bendice tu nombre.
Quiero olvidarte y te llamo,
quiero odiarte y te adoro,
quiero ahogarte en mis brazos,
y al mirarte a los ojos te imploro,
te imploro llorando perdón.
Your love is a flame burning through my veins
The restlessness in my wakeful nights
Your love is a penance
Your name a prayer.
I want to forget you, yet I call out for you
I want to hate you, yet I worship you
I want to drown you in my arms
And as I look you in the eyes I will implore you
On my knees, beg you for mercy.