Troilophilia 4 – Y dicen que no te quiero

This is no flimsy tango. This is robust, like a good deep and full bodied red wine. But hidden in this bouncer-like appearance lie a few gems of pure beauty. The magnificent solo in the bandoneon from 0:40 to 0:55, the sweet voice of Ruiz, the way how the violins provide a soft velvety floor to this music whilst the piano provides corners to contain this beast of lyrics.

The piano. There is a piano solo from 2:20 to 2:40 but it sounds very different form piano solos in D’Arienzo or Biagi. This is a part of the music where the piano comes unashamedly to the front, but not hammer-like. This is because the violins are there to provide a counter music, a surrounding field of velvet fluffiness. Just like the love he has for his lover but no one understands.

The lyrics are very powerful and Ruiz, with romantic but adult voice is the perfect choice to sing them. This is the lament of someone who is complaining that people are talking he doesn’t love his woman because they are not together. He laments, saying that people judge to fast and easily, hurting him deeply, maybe without realizing how much. I think the most striking is the part where he says that so many of the ones condemning they don’t live together, live together and don’t love each other… Very powerful.

Y dicen que no te quiero
porque no me ven contigo…
Si supieran que en el alma tenemos
nuestros sueños aferrados…
Si supieran que los dos nos queremos
aunque estemos separados…
¡Cuántos hay que estando juntos no se aman
y no saben de este amor que hay dentro mío!…
¡Y dicen que no te quiero
porque no me ven contigo!…

And they say I don’t love you
because they don’t see us together…
If they knew that in our soul we have
our dreams joined together…
If they knew we love each other
even though we are apart…
How many who live together don’t love each other
and don’t know the love I have inside me!
And they say I don’t love you,
because they don’t see us together!

In terms of powerfulness, compare the Troilo version with Biagi, both recorded in 1947. Biagi sounds very casual, dry and almost unsympathetic to the lyrics.

Why this tango does not make it more often to dancefloors, dear friends, I do not know. Maybe it will change! 😉

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