Tren Al Sur – Los Prisoneros

“Tren Al Sur” (Train To The South) is from 1990 is by Los Prisoneros, a Chilean band. A big hit across Latin America, with over 9 million youtube views today. The singer’s cute voice, the creative musical composition, and the autobiographical lyrics – create a nostalgic feel as the singer looks back on his childhood and life as he’s traveling to the south.

Siete y media de la mañana  –  6:30 in the morning
mi asiento toca la ventana  –   I [settle] to open the window
estación central, segundo carro  –  Central station, second car
del ferrocarril que me llevará al sur  –  of the [railroad] that carries me to the south
Ya estas tierras van andando  –  [since these lands are walking]
y mi corazón esta saltando  –  and my heart is jumping
porque me llevan a las tierras  –  because they carry me to the lands
donde al fin podré ver nuevo  –  where finally I will see new
Respirar adentro y hondo,  –  breath [in and deep]
alegría hasta el corazón, ajaja!  –  joy to the heart, ahaha!
Y no me digas ¡pobre!  –  And don’t tell me “poor!”
por ir viajando así  –  for going to travel like this
no ves que estoy contento  – You don’t see that I am content
no ves que voy feliz  –  You don’t see that I go happy
Doce y media de la mañana  –  12:30 in the morning
el olor se mete en la ventana  –  The smell interrupts in the window
son flores y animales, que me dicen:  –  They are flowers and animal, that tell me:
bienvenido al sur  –  welcome to the south
Yo recuerdo a mi papito  –  I remember my papa
y no me importa estar solito  –  And I don’t care if I’m alone
porque me llevan a las tierras  –  Because they carry me to the lands
donde al fin podré ver nuevo  –  where finally I’ll see new
Respirar adentro y hondo  –  breath in and deep
alegría hasta el corazón (x2)  – joy [to] the heart
Y no me digas ¡pobre!  –  and don’t call me “poor!”
por ir viajando así  –  for going to travel like this
no ves que estoy contento  –  You don’t see them I’m content
no ves que voy feliz  –  You don’t see that I go happy
viajando en este tren  –  traveling in this train
en este tren al ¡sur! (x2)  –  in this train to the south!!
Tren al sur (x13  –  Train to the south

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Stereo Love – Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

Now is time for some modern music that I actually like. 😀 Well, from 2009, I guess that’s modern enough.  This is “Stereo Love” from the Romanians Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina. It was a big international hit back in 2009 with over 200 million views on this video alone. The lyrics are simple, but the melody and rhythm are pretty and complex. I especially like the Romanian beat that is included in there. I’m not sure what instrument it is, I think it’s accordion, but that same kind of beat is commonly used in the ex-yu area and all throughout the balkans. I think it’s origin is from the beat of traditional folk dances from the balkan, such as the kolo. The music video is shot in Greece by the way, very pretty.

Does anyone know any similar modern songs to this? Like with a well-composed rhythm and melody such as this one? Most modern popular music leaves me so jaded because of the lack of effort and originality that seems to go into it – just the same party beats and empty lyrics with some overdone music videos portraying typical scenes of some contrived party life and hedonism.. all so superficial and commercialized, but perhaps they reflect the current values and ideals of our society? Maybe I don’t like it because I don’t share the same mentality, I don’t find those portrayed yacht party and mansion scenes desirable.

Comments? Any recommendations? And your thoughts on modern music, what it may reflect about society, or even what an individual’s music taste may reflect about them? Thanks for reading as always. 🙂