Music for Your Soul

The very first time I heard Gracias a la vida performed by Mercedes Sosa, I was captivated by the lyrics and the dark, soulful voice of La Negra. Both the words and the music resonate deeply within me, and I hope this song touches your soul as it does mine.

I've included an English translation of the original Spanish-language lyrics so you can appreciate the beauty that lies within the poetry of this song. 

the moment of release by harold.lloyd on Flickr [used under Creative Commons license]

Thanks to Life
Composed by
Violeta Parra [original Spanish lyrics]

Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me two beams of light, that when opened,
Can perfectly distinguish black from white.
And in the sky above, her starry backdrop,
And from within the multitude
The one that I love.

Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me sound and the alphabet.
With them the words that I think and declare:
"Mother," "Friend," "Brother" and the light shining.
The route of the soul from which comes love.

Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me the ability to walk with my tired feet.
With them I have traversed cities and puddles,
Valleys and deserts, mountains and plains.
And your house, your street and your patio.

Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me a heart, that causes my frame to shudder,
When I see the fruit of the human brain,
When I see good so far from bad,
When I see within the clarity of your eyes...

Thanks to life, which has given me so much.
It gave me laughter and it gave me longing.
With them I distinguish happiness and pain—
The two materials from which my songs are formed,
And your song, as well, which is the same song.
And everyone's song, which is my very song.

Thanks to life
Thanks to life
Thanks to life
Thanks to life

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