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Behind the conga (dance poem)

“Conga one:
I have no hope anymore, mom.
I no longer have any hope.

Conga two:
Whoever rules in heaven:
free these prisoners!

conga three:
you told me mom
that twenty years is nothing.
Hey why did you cheat on me, mom.

Conga four:
to know I would like
what awaits me.

Conga five:
Chepo, Chepo,
let her pass!
Guarirupara but Chepo, Chepo,
let her pass!

Conga six:
you called me at two
you called me at two
I can not go
let's see now
Why are you calling me?

Conga seven:
Hey Freedom for Isaura.
Look at Freedom for Isaura.

Conga eight:
Let's go to Casa Grande
so that they throw the bills
Hey
so that they throw the bills.

Conga nine:
River is deep, river is deep.
I jump and do not reach the bottom.
I jump and do not reach the bottom.

Conga ten:
Hail Mary why
why do they take me to boniato
if I don't bite
if I don't kill
Why do they take me to Boniato?

Conga eleven
How can you not cry?
how can you not cry
how can you not cry
if they took him to Camagüey.

Conga twelve:
There is no news, there is no news
up my town!
no news!

Conga thirteen:
Chorus: Ay but good Santiago / good Santiago
Good Santiaguito / good Santiaguito
Good Santiagón / good Santiagón.
The pizzeria / pizzeria
good pizza / good pizza
the boulevard / boulevard
the still life / the still life.
Chorus: Ay but good Santiago ...
In the morning / in the morning
a copelita / a copelita
in Enramada / in Enramada
or in Palmita / or Palmita
Chorus: Ay but good Santiago ...
Final chorus:
Aglú glu glu, aglu glu.

Mane Ferret Mane R. Ferret (Santiago de Cuba, 1961) Singer-songwriter, poet and storyteller. This is a excerpt from her unpublished book Iglú y Palo Santo. More posts

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