Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Songs for Advent and Christmas 9: Ven a Mi Casa Esta Navidad

When I first read the lyrics to this song by the late singer-songwriter Luis Aguilé, an Argentinian who made his career in Spain, I thought of all my immigrant friends who will be spending this Christmas so far away from their homelands and loved ones. The song simply invites all the lost and lonely to the table. I suppose the song was intended to be romantic, but I also think of Jesus inviting us to His house (the Church) and His table (the Holy Eucharist). The song is also an invitation to reconciliation, to putting aside our unforgiving hearts during this Christmas season.



Tú que estás lejos de tus amigos,
de tu tierra y de tu hogar,
y tienes pena, pena en el alma,
porque no dejas de pensar.


You who are far from your friends,
your land and your home,
and have pain, pain in the soul,
because you can't stop thinking.

Tú que esta noche no puedes
dejar de recordar,
quiero que sepas, que aquí en mi mesa,
para ti tengo un lugar.


You who can't stop remembering
tonight,
I want you to know I have a place for you
here at my table.

Por eso y muchas cosas más,
ven a mi casa esta Navidad. (x2)


For this and many other things,
come to my house this Christmas. (x2)

Tú que recuerdas quizá a tu madre
o a un hijo que no está,
quiero que sepas, que en esta noche,
él te acompañará.


You who are perhaps remembering a mother
or a child who isn't here,
I want you to know that tonight
He will accompany you.

No vayas solo por esas calles,
queriéndote aturdir,
ven con nosotros y a nuestro lado
intenta sonreír.


Don't walk these streets alone
wanting to stun yourself,
come with us and, at our side,
try to smile.

Por eso y muchas cosas más,
ven a mi casa esta Navidad.


For this and many other things,...

Tú que has vivido, siempre de espaldas,
sin perdonar ningún error,
ahora es momento de reencontrarnos,
ven a mi casa, por favor.


You who have always turned your back,
never forgiving any trespass,
now is the time for us to meet each other again,
come to my house, please.

Ahora ya es tiempo, de que charlemos,
pues nada se perdió,
en estos días, todo se olvida,
y nada sucedió.


Now is the time for us to talk,
since nothing has been lost,
in these days, all is forgotten,
and nothing happened.

Por eso y muchas cosas más,
ven a mi casa esta Navidad. (x3)


For this and many other things,...

2 comments:

  1. Una vez mas gracias por todo el trabajo que hacés con este Blog y otras cosas.
    Felíz Navidad R.G. y muchas bendiciones para el Año Nuevo .

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and Maria too, Juan MM!

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