Lagrimas Negras (Black Tears) – Miguel Matamoros

Trío Matamoros, around 1930. They recorded the first known version.

I delved into watching street music called ‘Son Cubanos‘ (They are Cubans) in Havana, Cuba and this song as presented below in the documentary film ‘Feliz Cuba‘ (Happy Cuba). It was ‘Chevere‘ to watch the musicians being jocular and enticing the Señora (Lady) to sing this song and when she finally did at her door – what a commensurate piecemeal! This is music unpolished but at its finest.

A loose English translation of the initial verses follows:

Although you have left me abandoned
Although all my illusions have already died,
Instead of cursing you with righteous anger
In my dreams I fill you with blessings.

I suffer the immense pain of your loss
I feel the deep pain of your departure
And I cry without you knowing that my crying
has black tears
It has black tears like my life.

And I cry without you knowing that my crying
has black tears
It has black tears like my life.

Lágrimas Negras (Spanish for Black Tears) is by Miguel Matamoros, first recorded by the Trío Matamoros in 1931. The song was written in the Dominican Republic, in 1930, when Matamoros was on his way back to Cuba from the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.

The lady in the video below is naturally beautiful and the gentlemen who accompany her are gentlemen of music, so simple, but obviously talented that this interpretation becomes a jewel.

1. Lagrimas Negas (song) – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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