"El Viento" as written by and Alfonso Hernandez Estrada....
El viento viene
El viento se va
Por la frontera
El viento viene
El viento se va
El hombre viene
El hombre se va
Sin mas razón
El hombre viene
El hombre se va
Ruta Babylon

Por la carretera
La suerte viene
La suerte se va
Por la frontera
La suerte viene
La suerte se va
El hombre viene
El hombre se va
Sin mas razón
El hombre viene
El hombre se va
Cuando volver
Por la carretera


Lyrics submitted by Nelly, edited by meaning600

"El Viento" as written by Jose Manuel Chao

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  • +1
    General CommentThere seems to be some errors in this text....
    it is:
    "el hambre viene
    el hombre se va"
    not :
    el hombre viene
    el hombre se va

    The meanings is quite another when the hunger is coming and the man is leaving....? do you not agree?
    DrJoneson April 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen Manu talks about Babylon, he refers to the rastafarian belief of this name. They believa Babylon is a nation that will try to take over the world, in other words, Manu means the United States (or any other developed/imperialistic country). Inmigrants get on-route to "Babylon" searching for a better life after "henger" comes and they leave.
    guetbakon March 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me theres another error in this text:

    la Muerte viene, la suerte se va
    Timo bi Kismeton June 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta wonderful song. its about the lonelyness, about mallegria, about loughing and crying- just like beeing a candle in the wind
    cocoon February 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, you're absolutely right, he definitely sings "hambre"...but the text-book of "clandestino" says "hombre" at this point, so many web-sites copied the lyrics with "hombre" twice...

    anyway, great song! especially the live-version...does anyone here understand what bidji is singing there? all i understand is "...and i never loose track".
    arbon March 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, if we look at "clandestino" the first track is the introduction to the story, a life of an immigrant. and this being the last track, it's the conclusion to the story, "hunger comes, man leaves" just like in many contries, people leave their country looking for a better place.
    Fiveon December 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah, Five, i was thinking the same thing, i was thinking it was about immigrants, hunger coming so they leave for the border to find a better life. luck comes, luck goes, but the immigrants must go. but again, what does he mean by la ruta babylon?
    boardersdcon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIllegal immigrants cross the border like the wind; their entries come and go as silently as the wind
    The need to feed one's self and one's family is the primary impetus to travel from one's homeland to Babylon be it the U.S. (for Mexicans and Central Americans) or France (for Algerians and other French-speaking countries in Africa - irony there, no? The fact that some Africans speak French suggests that the French once entered without documentation into a foreign country. But their travels were not illegal - they were exploratory because the powerful get to define the context - but colonialism nevertheless produced the conditions of the present.)

    Sometimes you get lucky when crossing the border. You survive - make a living - send money home. Other times you do not. There are many bones in the desert in the U.S.side of the Mexican border (read Dead in Their Track for this account or watch the DVD Mojados to get a glimpse of the process and trajedy). There are many who drown in the sea (Africans).

    "El hambre viene. El hombre se va. Cuando volvera. Por la carretera" People are left behind when someone decides to leave. Mothers. Grandfathers. Grandmothers. Wives. Children. Their loved one disappears into the wind and when, they must wonder, will they return? What if they die in route and they become the nameless victims of our social and economic policies - will we ever know that they perished? Will we ever know if they made it? Thousands of people disappear into the wind. And those that stay behind to see the person they love walk away for their economic benefit - eventually all they see is empty space and the sound of the wind, which is what we hear at the end of this track.

    Only the wind.

    Fingers crossed.

    Hope in their throats.

    But for many, they will never know what became of their loved ones, family, and kin. All they know is that they left por la careterra.
    40zebrason January 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionrazon => razón
    volvera => volverá
    meaning600on October 01, 2012   Link

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