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that’s all it took
the mention of your name
and all my love for you
burst into flame
I tried so hard
to let you go, but look
how I still tremble at your name
that’s all it took
that’s all it took
to make me know that I still care
it seems my heart just can’t give up
the dreams we used to share
I tell my friends I’m happy
but they read me like a book
and when today I heard them say
your name that’s all it took
that’s all it took
to make me yearn for your embrace
I guess I might as well admit
no one can take your place
I fell for you completely
sinker line and hook
and when today I heard them say
your name that’s all it took
and when today I heard them say
your name that’s all it took
– There is not a single version of this original Gram Parsons song that I like, but the lyrics are spot on!

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Mi Salvacion

Hoy, hoy
Me lleno de ilusion
Me alegra el corazon hablar contigo
Te escucho gemir
Dices ser feliz
Y yo pierdo la voz
Al intentar pedir que no me olvides

Tu mi delirio
Tu mi destino
Se que es contigo mi salvacion

Hoy, hoy
Le he preguntando al sol
Porque me lleva lejos el camino
No me respondio
El dia paso
Mi suerte fue tener
La foto de los dos en luna llena

Tu mi lucero
Tu mi deseo
Se que es contigo mi salvacion

Tu mi delirio
Tu mi destino
Se que es contigo mi salvacion
Se que es contigo mi salvacion

– Alex Cuba

This is the only version I could find online: http://podcasting.newwinnipeg.net/sessions/alex%20cuba%20-%2001%20mi%20salvacion.mp3

Hoping to replace it with a link where you can purchase this beautiful, soul-stirring, song.

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This song pierces my heart every time I hear it.

The tango was written in 1935 by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo le Pera.  Gardel wrote the music and le Pera wrote the lyrics.  Both died later that year (June 24, 1935) when the plane they were travelling in crashed in Medellin, Colombia.

Por Una Cabeza means “by a head” in Spanish.  It is a horse-racing term referring to a horse winning a race by the length of it’s head.

Tangotodo.com writes that Por Una Cabeza is “A beautiful tango that tells us, with disdain and pride, about the life of a loner. A man trapped between two fires: his passion for race horses and an excessive attraction towards a beautiful and evil woman who lies to him and rejects him. The turf is a metaphor where everything is included: hopes, bets, falls and misfortune, both in races and in love”.

Here is the original remastered video that includes Gardel & le Pera :

Here is my favourite instrumental version performed by Itzhak Perlman (tears always start flowing at 5:53):

Here are the lyrics in Spanish:

Por una cabeza
de un noble potrillo
que justo en la raya
afloja al llegar,
y que al regresar
parece decir:
No olvidés, hermano,
vos sabés, no hay que jugar.
Por una cabeza,
metejón de un día
de aquella coqueta
y burlona mujer,
que al jurar sonriendo
el amor que está mintiendo,
quema en una hoguera
todo mi querer.

Por una cabeza,
todas las locuras.
Su boca que besa,
borra la tristeza,
calma la amargura.
Por una cabeza,
si ella me olvida
qué importa perderme
mil veces la vida,
para qué vivir.

Cuántos desengaños,
por una cabeza.
Yo juré mil veces,
no vuelvo a insistir.
Pero si un mirar
me hiere al pasar,
sus labios de fuego
otra vez quiero besar.
Basta de carreras,
se acabó la timba.
¡Un final reñido
ya no vuelvo a ver!
Pero si algún pingo
llega a ser fija el domingo,
yo me juego entero.
¡Qué le voy a hacer.

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He never thought he’d be on this side of it.

buena suerte y hasta luego te amo  mucho! cuidate!

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You know we can get away
Because I’m calling your name
Every day I feel this pain
But you just turn and walk away

I just can’t keep hanging on
To you and me
I just don’t know what is wrong
With you and me

Touch me and then turn away
Put your hands into the flame
Tell me if you feel this pain
‘Cause I don’t want to be a ball and chain

I just can’t keep hanging on
To you and me
I just don’t what is wrong
With you and me
With you and me

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The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
The moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the empty skies, my love,
To the dark and the empty skies.

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hands
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love
That was there at my command.

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And would last till the end of time my love
It would last till the end of time

My favourite version of this song is by George Michael

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With thanks to my dear Miri.   Be Braver Sooner.

http://thewildernessdowntown.com/

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