Eliades Ochoa : El Carretero

I can’t get enough of the tres player Eliades Ochoa, the Johnny Cash of Cuba. Like most folks outside of Cuba, I was introduced to his music through the film Buena Vista Social Club. One of my favorite tracks from that film and the  accompanying CD is “El Carretero.” The following is audio only.

letra/lyrics

Por el camino del sitio mío/Along the track by my house

Un carretero alegre pasó/A cart-driver passed

Con sus canciones que es muy sentida/With his sentimental songs

Y muy guajira alegre cantó/The Guajiro sang:

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Me voy al transbordador/I’m going to the crossing

A descargar la carreta/To unburden my load

Me voy al transbordador/I’m going to the crossing

A descargar la carreta/To unburden my load

Para cumplir con la meta/There I’ll reach the end

De mi penosa labor./Of my crushing labor.

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A caballo vamo’ pa’l monte/Ride on up the mountain.

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Yo trabajo sin reposo/I work without rest

Para poderme casar/So I can marry

Yo trabajo sin reposo/I work without rest

Para poderme casar/So I can marry

Y si lo llego a lograr/And if I can achieve that

Seré un guajiro dichoso./I’ll be a happy man.

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Yo soy guajiro y carretero/I am a Guajiro and a cart driver

Y en el campo vivo bien/I live well off the land

Porque el campo es el edén/Because the countryside is paradise

Más lindo del mundo entero/The most beautiful place on earth

Chapea el monte, cultiva el llano/Work the mountain, cultivate the plain

Recoge el fruto de tu sudor./Reap the fruits of your labor.

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