Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Songs for Advent and Christmas 10: Navidad by José Luis Perales

Let's look at what Christmas looks like. As Spanish singer-songwriter José Luis Perales says: caring for one another, tending the environment, and, most expecially, putting an end to war.





Mientras haya en la tierra un niño feliz
Mientras haya una hoguera para compartir
Mientras haya unas manos que trabajen en paz
Mientras brille una estrella habrá navidad


As long as there's a happy child on earth
As long as there's a bonfire to share
As long as there are hands working for peace
As long as a star is shining there will be Christmas

Estribillo
Navidad, navidad, en la nieve y la arena
Navidad, navidad en la tierra y el mar
Navidad, navidad, en la nieve y la arena
Navidad, navidad en la tierra y el mar


Chorus
Christmas, Christmas in snow and sand
Christmas, Christmas on sea and land
Christmas, Christmas in snow and sand
Christmas, Christmas on sea and land

Mientras haya unos labios que hablen de amor
Mientras haya unas manos cuidando una flor
Mientras haya un futuro donde mirar
Mientras hay ternura habrá navidad


As long as there are lips speaking of love
As long as there are hands caring for a flower
As long as there's a future to which we can look
As long as there's tenderness there will be Christmas



Estribillo / Chorus

Mientras haya un vencido dispuesto a olvidar
Mientras haya un caído a quién levantar
Mientras pare una guerra y se duerma un cañón
Mientras cure un herido, habrá navidad


As long as there's a loser ready to forget
As long as there's a fallen one to be raised
As long as a war ceases and a canon falls asleep
As long as the wounded are healed, there will be Christmas.

Photo: José Luis Perales with children from Aldeas Infantiles SOS in Peru.

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