"A Song to Keep in Your Heart"

This is an English translation of a bright, happy song that's often heard on overnight radio shows throughout Latin America. It's popular among the sleepless lovers listening during those hours, listening to the radio on one side and waiting for the birds to herald dawn on the other. As you read the lyrics, imagine the melody that accompanies them and feel it drawing you in.

Your dreams are haunted by a mariachi singer
One in particular, who masks his eyes
He stands around each corner you're about to pass
His voice seems to come out of every window:
"You'll have to find a new song to keep in your heart
Your old one flew away when you weren't looking
"

CHORUS:
You liked me better before you knew
You could have me for a song
Today you try to buy me off with a pet name
But I've raised the price
And you're no longer willing to pay

Intense choir guys will write you a ballad
Brooding in bright silky dress shirts
They rehearse in their dusty warehouse for hours
Perfecting the arrangement and the harmonies
Until it brings all of them to tears

You liked me better before you knew
You could have me for a song
Today you try to buy me off with a pet name
But I've raised the price
And you're no longer willing to pay

Surely I'm not the only mad poet
Who's ever been trapped in your charms
If I meet another, will he recognize me?
Will he take me to the bridge where he sat
Every day for a month, where inspiration came
With a constancy you denied him?

                              ... until the hawk strikes
                              ... sneaking under the cloister
                              ... doubled, hurried, into distance
                              ... you're the one with the matches

The grass in Western Park glows around your bare footprints
The trees sigh at your shadow
Pick a wild strawberry for me while you're there
Let its taste linger on your tongue
Beneath my name, between your teeth

You liked me better before you knew                    (beneath my name)
You could have me for a song                                  (between your teeth)
Today you try to buy me off with a pet name       (beneath my name)
But I've raised the price                                             (between your teeth)
And you're no longer willing to pay

The End

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