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Andean, Bolivia, Folk, Spanish (Español/Castellano)

“Ave de Cristal” (Los Kjarkas)

Live performance of “Ave de Cristal”  (YouTube)
Language: Spanish (Español)
Country: Bolivia
Genre: Andean

Ave De Cristal

“Ave de Cristal”
Los Kjarkas

No se acaba el mundo cuando un amor se va
no se acaba el mundo y no se derrumbará

Si fue verdadero, tras sus huellas volverá
si no fue sincero, otro lo reemplazará

No se acaba el mundo cuando un amor se va
no se acaba el mundo y no se derrumbará

No hay lluvia en el alma que no acabe con un sol
y se limpie el cielo cuando deja de llover, de llover

Y es el corazón como un ave de cristal
es tan frágil de romper, tan difícil de entender

Y es el corazón como el destino tan cruel
tan difícil de torcer y tan fácil de perder
es el amor y es el corazón

“Crystal bird” (Translation by ORS, 2011)

It isn’t the end of the world when a love goes away
The world won’t end and it won’t collapse

If it was true, it will return on its tracks
if it wasn’t sincere, another will replace it

It isn’t the end of the world when a love goes away
The world won’t end and it won’t collapse

There is no rain in the soul which doesn’t end up with a sun
and the sky is cleared when it stops raining, raining

And it’s the heart, like a crystal bird
So fragile to break, so difficult to understand

And it’s the heart, like destiny, so cruel
So difficult to turn and so easy to lose
it’s love and the heart


Vocabulary
Acabar  – to finish, to end, also in Port. acabar ; possibly from Latin caput (head) *see Grammar Note for uses
Derrumbar – to demolish, overthrow, in Port. derrubar ; derrumbarse (reflexive) is to collapse; from Latin rumpere (to break)
Huella (f) – footprint, track, trace from verb hollar (to tread); as in la huella digital/dactilar (fingerprint); related to Fr. fouler (to tread on), se fouler (to sprain)
Torcer – to turn, twist; from Latin torquere (to twist), as in Eng. torque (rotating force), torture, Port. torcer (twist)

Grammar Notes
1.
Acabar
Possibly derived from the Latin word for “head” (caput), the verb acabar in both Spanish and Portuguese conveys the idea that something is coming to an end or has been completed.  The verb can be used alone (usually in the reflexive) or with various prepositions and phrases which color its nuance.

Acabar (gerund)/acabar por (infinitive)  ~ to end up (doing)
Acabé aceptando (por aceptar) la verdad
I ended up accepting the truth

Acabar con ~ to finish with, put an end to; also, to end with
No hay lluvia en el alma que no acabe con un sol
There is no rain in the soul which does not end with a sun

Estás acabando con mi paciencia
You are trying my patience

Acabar de (infinitive) ~ to just (have done)
“Acabo de enterarme que te quiero”  (El Coyote)
I just found out (realized) that I love you

Acabar en/de (noun) ~ to end in, to end up as
El acabó en la cárcel
He ended up (he landed himself) in jail.

Acabarse ~ to be the end, to run out
Ya se acabó
It’s over / There’s no more left

Se nos acabó la cerveza.
We ran out of beer.

Chords
Verse:
Dm                                                  Gm
No se acaba el mundo cuando un amor se va

Bb                                                                    A7
no se acaba el mundo y no se derrumbará

Dm                                             Gm
Si fue verdadero, tras sus huellas volverá

C                                       Bb                 A7           Dm
si no fue sincero, otro lo remplazará

Chorus:
Dm                      C             F
Y es el corazón como un ave de cristal

Bb             Gm             Bb              A7        Dm  (C)
es tan frágil de romper, tan difícil de entender


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