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Violeta Parra – “Gracias A La Vida”

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TRANSLATION (source: http://www.williammorin.com) Thank you to life, you’ve given me so much It gave me two beams of light, when opened that can distinguish perfectly black from white And in the sky above, her starry backdrop And from within the multitude The one that I love Thank you to life, you’ve Given me so much It gave me an ear That, in all of its width Records-night and day-crickets and canaries Hammers and turbines and bricks and storms And the tender voice of my beloved Thank you to life, you’ve Given me so much It gave me sound and the alphabet With them the words That I think and declare Mother, Friend, Brother and the light shining The route of the soul from Which comes love Thank you to life, you’ve Given me so much It gave me the ability to walk with my tired feet With them I have Traversed cities and puddles Valleys and deserts, mountains and plains And your house, your street and your courtyard Thank you to life, you’ve Given me so much It gave me a heart, That causes my frame to shudder When I see the fruit of the human brain When I see good so far from bad When I see Within the clarity of your eyes Thank you to life, you’ve given  me so much It gave me laughter and it gave me longing With them I Distinguish happiness and pain The two materials from Which my songs are Formed And your song, as well, that is the same song And everyone’s song, that is my very song.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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