Pongamos Que Hablo de Madrid Joaquin Sabina Translation Meaning and Lyrics

Song Meaning

'Pongamos Que Hablo de Madrid' means 'Let's say I'm Talking about Madrid' in English. It is a name of a song by 'Joaquin Sabina' human translated here by a native speaker.

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Lyrics and Translations

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Original Lyrics: Allá

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Aligned Translation: Where the roads cross

Free Translation: Yonder where the roads meet

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Original Lyrics: Donde el mar no se puede concebir

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Aligned Translation: Where there is no hint of the sea

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Original Lyrics: Donde regresa siempre el fugitivo

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Aligned Translation: Where the fugitive always returns

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Original Lyrics: Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

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Free Translation: Let's say I'm talking about Madrid

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Original Lyrics: Donde el deseo viaja en ascensores

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Free Translation: Where the desire to travel in lifts

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Original Lyrics: Un agujero queda para mi

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Free Translation: is an escape for me


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Original Lyrics: Que me dejó la vida en sus rincones

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Free Translation: That I let myself go in the street corners

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Original Lyrics: Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

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Free Translation: Let's say that I am talking of Madrid

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Original Lyrics: Las niñas ya no quieren ser princesas

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Free Translation: Girls don't want to be princesses anymore

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Original Lyrics: Y a los niños les da por perseguir

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Free Translation: A to the kids they give to chase

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Original Lyrics: El mar dentro de un vaso de ginebra

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Free Translation: The sea inside a glass of gin

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Original Lyrics: Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

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Free Translation: Let's say that I am talking of Madrid

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Original Lyrics: Los pájaros visitan al psiquiatra

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Free Translation: The birds visit psychiatrists

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Original Lyrics: Las estrellas se olvidan de salir

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Free Translation: The stars forget to come out

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Original Lyrics: La muerte pasa en ambulancias blancas

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Free Translation: The dead travel in white ambulances

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Original Lyrics: Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

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Free Translation: Let's say that I am talking of Madrid

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Original Lyrics: El sol es una estufa de butano

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Free Translation: The Sun is a butane stove

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Original Lyrics: La vida un metro a punto de partir

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Free Translation: Life is a tube about to leave

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Original Lyrics: Hay una jeringuilla en el lavabo

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Free Translation: There is a syringe in the bathroom

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Original Lyrics: Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

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Original Lyrics: Cuando la muerte venga a visitarme

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Original Lyrics: Que a mí me lleven al sur donde nací

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Free Translation: When I'm taken south where I was born

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Original Lyrics: Aquí no queda sitio para nadie

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Free Translation: Here there is no room for anyone

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Original Lyrics: Pongamos que hablo de Madrid

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Original Lyrics: De Madrid

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Original Lyrics: De Madrid

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Original Lyrics: De Madrid

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Review

Joaquin is telling us about a very dark side of Madrid.  He paints a very sorry picture, as Sabina has a tendency to be quite morose in his works.

There is a description of where Madrid is - yes right in the middle of the country; no sea, very hot sun, crossroads of the nation.  Its full of ruffians, children who have lost their innocence young, drugs and drink, maybe somewhere to lose yourself as it's packed full of people.

One would think that Madrid is complete hell hole after listening to this - not one of Europe pre-eminent cities; full of culture, history, art, music, business, communications, conversation etc.

Anyway he's on a real downer here.  Yes, lots of big cities have the problems described - and maybe if you feeling a little down this might be song for you today.  But please the weather in Madrid is fantastic, and life is good.  Enjoy!

Whilst the song is suicidal the lyrics are represented reasonably in this video.  Whilst you don't see syringes etc, and sometimes the imagery is wrong - see a train for an ambulance for example. I recommend looking at the video as you can learn a few words of vocab with it as well as the Lingo Script Video.

Submitted by user: BENDECKO

Average Ratings

Most people find the song lyrics very easy to understand lyrics, lyrics sung very slowly and it has easy to remember verbs and nouns

Many words used are not in common daily usage.RAE

Pongamos Que Hablo de Madrid has 106 BPM (beats per minute)

References

RAE Based on a median word frequency of 5314 using the frequency database from the Royal Spanish Academy (La Real Academia Española)

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