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Jarabe de Palo - La Flaca

The famous Mexican songwriter Agustín Lara was known as El Flaco de Oro – the skinny of gold. Hmmm… We don’t use an adjective as a nickname in English and flaco or flaca usually translates as the skinny one, which still doesn’t work well as a compliment in our language. Mulata used to describe a woman of mixed race doesn’t sound right to us either but I believe it works OK in Spanish without any hint of racism or resemblance to a donkey.

La Flaca

En la vida conocí mujer
igual a la flaca
Coral negro de La Habana
tremendísima mulata

Cien libras de piel y hueso
40 kilos de salsa
y en la cara dos soles
que sin palabras hablan.
que sin palabras hablan.

La flaca duerme de día
dice que así el hambre engaña
cuando cae la noche
baja a bailar a la Tasca

Y bailar y bailar
y tomar y tomar
una cerveza tras otra
pero ella nunca engorda,
pero ella nunca engorda.

Por un beso de la flaca
daría lo que fuera
por un beso de ella
aunque sólo uno fuera.
Por un beso de la flaca
daría lo que fuera
por un beso de ella
aunque sólo uno fuera.
Aunque sólo uno fuera.

Mojé mis sábanas blancas
como dice la canción
recordando las caricias
que me brindó el primer día

Y enloquezco de ganas de
dormir a su ladito
¡Porque Dios que esta flaca a
mí me tiene loquito!
A mí me tiene loquito.

Por un beso de la flaca
yo daría lo que fuera
por un beso de ella
aunque sólo uno fuera.
Por un beso de la flaca
yo daría lo que fuera
por un beso de ella
aunque sólo uno fuera.

Aunque sólo uno fuera.

The Skinny Woman

In my life I met a woman
just like the skinny one,
coral black from La Habana,
a spectacular "mulatta"

One-hundred pounds of skin and bones,
forty kilos of sauce
and two suns on her face,
that speak without words,
that speak without words.

The Skinny Woman sleeps all day,
she says that's how you trick hunger,
when night falls,
she comes out to dance at the Tasca

and to dance and to dance,
and to drink and to drink
one beer after the other,
but she never puts on weight,
but she never puts on weight

For a kiss from The Skinny Woman.
I would give anything
for one of her kisses,
even if it were only one
For a kiss from The Skinny Woman.
I would give anything
for one of her kisses,
even if it were only one
...even if it were only one.

I wet my white sheets
as the song says
remembering the caresses
that she gave me the first day

And the desire to sleep by her side
is making me crazy,
because, my God,
this woman has made me crazy!
(this woman) has made me crazy!

For a kiss from The Skinny Woman.
I would give anything
for one of her kisses,
even if it were only one
For a kiss from The Skinny Woman.
I would give anything
for one of her kisses,
even if it were only one

...even if it were only one.