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Violeta Parra – mental health in the Latin American arts


In this song, famous Chilean folk singer-author of the 1950-60s, Violeta Parra muses on how hard live has become for her. (The song is interpreted by her sister, Isabel Parra.) Instead of engaging in sociological or existential commentary about the pain of living, she simply describes how mother nature has, apparently, decided to withhold from her the things that she needs the most.

As we know that she eventually ended up committing suicide,the last verse in this poem  is not just kind of funny. It’s a door to her mood and consciousness, sort of an announcement of what was to come. I guess it’s all about ‘context’; the end of the poem makes sense when we learn that she was contemplating taking her own life.

She also wrote one of the most beautiful odes to life and living I have ever heard, Gracias a la Vida, just before taking her life. It was a good-bye song that moves even the rocks. I’ll upload after this one.

Thanks to Antonio Fidel for uploading and translating.

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El Pueblo Unido Jamàs Será Vencido


I’m in that mood, I guess. This was a famous song of the 1960s-70s ‘nueva trova’, music for the revolution that didn’t come.

We still have time, though it will be bloodier than we expected.

 

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…

On foot, singing
because we are going triumph.
Advance now,
flags of unity.
And you will come
marching together with me,
and in that way you will see
your song and your flag flourish.
The light
of a red dawn
now announces
the life which will come.

On foot, fighting,
the people will triumph.
It will be better,
the life which will come
to enamor1
our happiness
and in a protest,
a thousand voices of combat will revolt,
they will demontrate
the song of liberty,
with courage
the fatherland will be victorious.

And now the people
rises up in the fight
with the voice of a giant,
shouting: forward!

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…

The fatherland is
forging the unity.
From north to south2
people will mobilise,
from the salt flat
hot and mineral
to the southern forest,
united in the fight and the work,
they will go,
they will cover the fatherland.
Now its way
announces the future.

On foot, singing,
the people will triumph.
Now millions
impose the truth,
steely are
the ardent battalions,
their hands are walking,
carrying the justice and the reasoning.
Woman,
with fire and with courage,
now you are here
together with the working man.

And now the people
rises up in the fight
with the voice of a giant,
shouting: forward!

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…
Read more at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/el-pueblo-unido-jam%C3%A1s-ser%C3%A1-vencido-united-people-will-never-be-defeated.html#MelIXTFZJH3EVFuk.99

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…

On foot, singing
because we are going triumph.
Advance now,
flags of unity.
And you will come
marching together with me,
and in that way you will see
your song and your flag flourish.
The light
of a red dawn
now announces
the life which will come.

On foot, fighting,
the people will triumph.
It will be better,
the life which will come
to enamor1
our happiness
and in a protest,
a thousand voices of combat will revolt,
they will demontrate
the song of liberty,
with courage
the fatherland will be victorious.

And now the people
rises up in the fight
with the voice of a giant,
shouting: forward!

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…

The fatherland is
forging the unity.
From north to south2
people will mobilise,
from the salt flat
hot and mineral
to the southern forest,
united in the fight and the work,
they will go,
they will cover the fatherland.
Now its way
announces the future.

On foot, singing,
the people will triumph.
Now millions
impose the truth,
steely are
the ardent battalions,
their hands are walking,
carrying the justice and the reasoning.
Woman,
with fire and with courage,
now you are here
together with the working man.

And now the people
rises up in the fight
with the voice of a giant,
shouting: forward!

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…
Read more at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/el-pueblo-unido-jam%C3%A1s-ser%C3%A1-vencido-united-people-will-never-be-defeated.html#MelIXTFZJH3EVFuk.99

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…

On foot, singing
because we are going triumph.
Advance now,
flags of unity.
And you will come
marching together with me,
and in that way you will see
your song and your flag flourish.
The light
of a red dawn
now announces
the life which will come.

On foot, fighting,
the people will triumph.
It will be better,
the life which will come
to enamor1
our happiness
and in a protest,
a thousand voices of combat will revolt,
they will demontrate
the song of liberty,
with courage
the fatherland will be victorious.

And now the people
rises up in the fight
with the voice of a giant,
shouting: forward!

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…

The fatherland is
forging the unity.
From north to south2
people will mobilise,
from the salt flat
hot and mineral
to the southern forest,
united in the fight and the work,
they will go,
they will cover the fatherland.
Now its way
announces the future.

On foot, singing,
the people will triumph.
Now millions
impose the truth,
steely are
the ardent battalions,
their hands are walking,
carrying the justice and the reasoning.
Woman,
with fire and with courage,
now you are here
together with the working man.

And now the people
rises up in the fight
with the voice of a giant,
shouting: forward!

The united people will never be defeated,
the united people will never be defeated…
Read more at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/el-pueblo-unido-jam%C3%A1s-ser%C3%A1-vencido-united-people-will-never-be-defeated.html#MelIXTFZJH3EVFuk.99