“Sólo se quiere una vez” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Floreal Ruiz in vocals, 1946.
Lyricist (8 June 1887 – 20 March 1942)
Enthusiast of popular music began writing lyrics in 1927.
Dedicated to it definitively, he contributed significant successes such as the tango “Sólo se quiere una vez”.
He was a lawyer and an author. Judge of Instruction in the courts of the Federal Capital for several years, he knew how to reflect in his books, from 1935, the most interesting court anecdotes that he had to deal with closely.
She was softer than water, than soft water, she was cooler than the river, orange blossom. And on that summer street, lost street, she left a piece of life and left…
First you have to know how to suffer, then love, then leave and finally walk without thoughts…
Orange blossom perfume, vain promises of love that escaped with the wind. After… what does it matter after? All my life is yesterday that stops me in the past, eternal old youth that has left me cowed like a bird without light.
What have my hands done to her? What have they done to her to leave on my chest so much pain? Old grove pain, corner song with a piece of life, orange blossom.
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“Y la perdí” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Floreal Ruiz in vocals, 1947 (English translation).
Music: Antonio Rodio. Lyrics: José María Contursi.
She has buried me in a void cold, gray and starless night. And I remain like a tree without a flower, afternoon without light, field without sun…
She was a rest on my way, she came to return my beautiful hours. But finally the night enveloped me with its closedness… and I lost her!
Never… my life cut short became happy again and in my desolate hours nothing can dry my tears. With shattered wings my crystal dreams were lost. You will never… come back, I know that I will never and at the end of my day when nothing already exists… you will call me.
Shadow that fades in boredom cold of my word that names you. And I’m so sad without you crazy without you… dead without you. She held my destiny in her hands, and came to return my beautiful hours… But in the end had more power the anguish of my loneliness… and I lost her!
When I hear Floreal Ruiz I have the impression that the singer so naturally and spontaneously does it that he seems to be seated on a chair informally conversing, and the musical notes spring out of his throat with no effort. The timbre and the color of his voice are everyday sounds for me, there are neither stridences nor false resources, he does it in the most difficult way, easily.