LUNA LLENA
(Simón Diaz)

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I saw a dark heron
Struggling in a river
That’s how your heart
Falls in love with mine

Moon, moon, full moon waning

Go boy to the house
And bring me my rifle
To kill this chicken-hawk
That won’t leave my hen alone

The moon is watching me
I don’t know what she sees in me
I have clean clothes
I washed them yesterday afternoon

Moon, moon, full moon waning

Yo vide una garza mora
dándole combate a un río
Así es como se enamora
Así es como se enamora
tu corazón con el mío
tu corazón con el mío

Luna luna luna llena menguante
luna luna luna llena menguante

Anda muchacho a la casa
y me traes la carabina
pa’ mata’ este gavilán
que no me deja gallina

La luna me está mirando
Yo no se lo que me ve
yo tengo la ropa limpia
Yo tengo la ropa limpia
Ayer tarde la lavé
Ayer tarde la lavé

Luna luna luna llena menguante
Luna luna luna llena menguante

description: Although this song is by Simón Diaz, a wonderful poet and Venezuelan composer, I sing Caetano Veloso’s version, which moved me so much when I heard it. I offer it in homage to the lovers’ moon and to Eduardo and Carla María, my Bolivian friends who made me listen.