MAN ON FIRE: Because in your eyes are my wings…..

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This movie is set in Mexico where kidnapping of children from rich families for a hefty ransom is of common occurrence. In this backdrop of a  crime ridden society of thugs and corrupt cops blossoms a very beautiful bond between a little girl, superbly portrayed by Dakota Fanning and her body guard, played by Denzel Washington,who is really good at playing  complex characters with suppressed emotions.

One of my favorite songs, among many in this movie, is Una Palabra. It is written and performed

by the Cuban singer, Carlos Valera who at one time was a part of Nueva Trova musical movement, a political and poetic musical genre connected with the Cuban Revolution. The songs and its lyrics touch a myriad of human emotions:

Una palabra no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo
igual que el viento que esconde el agua
como las flores que esconde el lodo.

Una mirada no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo dice todo
como la lluvia sobre tu cara
o el viejo mapa de algun tesoro.

Una verdad no dice nada
y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo
como una hoguera que no se apaga
como una piedra que nace polvo.

Si un dia me faltas no sere nada
y al mismo tiempo lo sere todo
porque en tus ojos estan mis alas
y esta la orilla donde me ahogo,
porque en tus ojos estan mis alas
y esta la orilla donde me ahogo.

Translation

A word does not say anything
And at the same time it hides everything
Just as the wind that hides the water
Like the flowers that mud hides.

A glance does not say anything
And at the same time it says everything
Like rain on your face
Or an old treasure map

A truth does not say anything
And at the same time it hides everything
Like a bonfire that does not go out
Like a stone that is born dust.

If one day you need me, I will be nothing
And at the same time I will be everything
Because in your eyes are my wings
And the shore where I drown,
Because in your eyes are my wings
And the shore where I drown

Another beautiful song sung by Australia based Irish singer, Lisa Gerrard in her haunting voice is called ‘Coming Home‘. She is the same singer who sang ‘Now we are Free’ in the film ‘Gladiator’. I was unable to find the lyrics of this song, but as they say, the language of music needs no translation:

And finally a  Mexican/Spanish song by Gabriel Gonzales and written by Meri Gavin called ‘ Angel Vengador‘, I presume it means, the avenging angel. The lyrics go something like this:

I am all alone and lost,

and to ease the pain i curse them one by one (uno a uno los maldigo),

I am an avenging angel.

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