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picture30 Aug 2005 @ 15:39, by Uncle Remus

Gracias a la vida
Violeta Parra

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me dio dos luceros que cuando los abro
perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco
y en el alto cielo su fondo estrellado
y en las multitudes el hombre que yo amo.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado el oido que en todo su ancho
graba noche y dia grillos y canarios
martillos, turbinas, ladridos, chubascos
y la voz tan tierna de mi bien amado.

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado el sonido y el abedecedario
con él las palabras que pienso y declaro
madre amigo hermano y luz alumbrando,
la ruta del alma del que estoy amando.

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados
con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
playas y desiertos montañas y llanos
y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me dio el corazón que agita su marco
cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano,
cuando miro el bueno tan lejos del malo,
cuando miro el fondo de tus ojos claros.

Gracias a la Vida que me ha dado tanto
me ha dado la risa y me ha dado el llanto,
asi yo distingo dicha de quebranto
los dos materiales que forman mi canto
y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto
y el canto de todos que es mi propio canto.

Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto.

Violeta Parra - 1964-1965



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30 Aug 2005 @ 16:33 by astrid : What a surprice
to run into someone, who obviously is as deeply touched by Violeta Parra as I am - and have been eversince I first heard "Gracias a la Vida" in 1980. It was the weirdest thing!... All of a sudden I hear this incredible song on the Music radio in Sweden, one of Joan Bae'z versions ( I know at least two versions/recordings of Joan of this particular Song. Both equally powerful) but, at that moment I knew nothing about Violeta.
But when I heard the song, I knew I had ran into someone who loved Life dearly, yet had taken her own life! How the song emitted this message to me, I couldn't tell you! I couldn't hold it back; the MIXTURE of exalted Joie de Vivre and Sorrow & Pain I felt coming towards me from this Song ( through Joan's interpretation of it!) bursted all my tear canals wide open and I cried the way I have seldom cried.
This whole experience "package" opened a new awareness to Life for me! My life was never quite the same it had been just a few minutes prior!

Gracias Violeta, Gracias! Gracias a la Vida! Gracias Uncle Remus!  



30 Aug 2005 @ 19:25 by silviamar : beautiful!
I know it since very young. Me encanta! Preciosa! Thanks for posting it, it was nice to read again these beautiful words. Thanks to the life as well, the most precious present that we have!  


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