CAFE TACUBA – EL METRO (TRANSLATION)

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Cafe Tacuba is a Mexican band and this is their homage to the Mexico City Metro.  In case you didn’t know, the food and goods referenced in the song highlight the ubiquity of ‘los vagoneros’ – the roaming vendors who turn the metro into a mobile marketplace.  The version I’ve embedded below is from their 1995 MTV Unplugged performance.  I love the song – I hope you enjoy it…and my translation.  Spanish lyrics here.

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THE METRO

I jumped on a metro car and I haven’t managed to get out of here

Now I’ve been living down here, underground, for three or four months, in the metro

Zocalo, Hidalgo, Chabacano – I’ve crossed them a million times

I’ve tried to get out but there is always someone to push me back in

At night when I think of you

I know that you remember me

but trapped here in this carriage

I don’t know whether I’ll ever get out

I take pills, eat lollypops, chocolate, chewing gum and lifesavers

I’ve already got six needle sets, eight box cutters and too many lighters

I  think my hair’s already grown as well as my beard and wrinkles

I don’t know when it’s day or when it’s night or whether I’ve been in here for a hundred years

At night when I think of you

I know that you remember me

but trapped here in this carriage

I don’t know whether I’ll ever get out

And there are times when I miss you and it makes me want to cry

because I can’t remember your face and I don’t know if I’ll ever kiss you again….

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3 comments

    1. Cool! I’d love to see them live – the big names I saw in Mexico City were Paul Mccartney in the zocalo along with 250,000 others and Bob Dylan the very next night! Just as memorable though are the street performers, metro roaming musicians and of course the Mariachis in Plaza Garibaldi!

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