Triana letra

Here’s the letra (verse) as we are working with in class. There’s one line of text for each compás of 8. As you can see, the last lines of the letra are repeated.

Triana, Triana
que bonita esta Triana

– RESPIRO –

que bonita esta Triana
que bonita esta Triana

cuando le ponen al puente
la banderita gitana

cuando le ponen al puente
la banderita gitana

The respiro is when the singer takes a break after the first phrase of the letra. It’s usually 1 compas long. So far we are putting the remate in during the respiro and the final line and otherwise using marcaje (marking steps).

The meaning (with lots of repeating) is:

Triana, Triana,
how beautiful Triana is when they put the gypsy flag on the bridge

Triana is a famous neighbourhood in Seville and its bridge is also well known. It has a strong place in the history and development of flamenco. (more on Triana here) This is a very common letra por tangos and there are many other letras that have the same melody but different words. For example

“Mañana mañana
lo van a prender mañana
a to los ojitos negro
lo van a prender mañana
y tu que negro lo tiene
te tendra que conder la cara”

“De mare de mare
del color de cera mare
tengo yo mis propias carnes
del color de cera mare
que me ha puesto tu querer
que no me conoce nadie”

The second one (De Mare) is the sung on the soundcloud link on the mp3 page.

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