"Una Palabra" as written by Lucas Secon, Waquas Qadri, Isam Bachiri, Roger Lenny Martinez, Omar Syed Shah and Carlos Varela....
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 algún 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 día me faltas no seré nada
Y al mismo tiempo lo seré todo
Porque en tus ojos están mis alas
Y esta la orilla donde me ahogo,
Porque en tus ojos están mis alas
Y esta la orilla donde me ahogo.

Lyrics submitted by Tyler2004durden

"Una Palabra" as written by Isam Bachiri Carlos Varela

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    General CommentThe beauty of the Spanish language is that there is so much more depth and weight and meaning than what can be literally translated. In most, if not all languages there is a loss in translation. For instance in the beginning of this song:

    Una Palabra
    One word
    no dice nada
    doesn't say anything - or also doesn't say much or hold much weight by itself
    y al mismo tiempo lo esconde todo,(and at the same time it hides all) all the while hiding all the truth and meaning of what any one particular word can mean in itself

    Igual que el viento que esconde el agua
    Like the winds which hide the rains or in the more literal translation like the winds hide the waters which can only be done by wind and water interacting as rains.

    Como las flores que esconde el lodo
    Like the flowers which hide the mud.
    Basically beauty on the surface and the dirty grimy muddy under layer which one can only see when one gets up close and personal and breaks through the surface.

    So you have this interesting play of words of something which is nothing is hiding everything in the form of a word and what immediately popped into my head was hate as an example, but love can also be used as words that have very significant meanings and when used alone don't mean much, but when used in a context of what does love or hate mean there aren't enough words to describe the range of emotions they can stir up, thereby hiding the significance of a word.

    Una Mirada (A glance, or a look) Glance would be more appropriate for this song
    no dice nada (says no thing) another play on the words being that a look can't say anything
    y al mismo tiempo lo dice todo (but at the same time says it all), we can also apply the same types of examples to a dirty look or a smile which on the surface can say a lot but without knowing the person we are looking at or is looking at us not much information can be gained to know what is going on under the surface.

    As in the movie a hopeless life can be of value if it is used right and in the end traded away for a young life full of potential.

    skinnyblack39on August 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first heard this song in "Man on Fire" and fell inlove with it. It's one of thé most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I posted a translation for those of you who doesnt understand spanish.
    Tyler2004durdenon January 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso herd this song from Man on Fire. great song, aswel as the film. Not entirely sure what it means - alot of comparison going on. Maybe there's some irony in there:

    A glance does not say anything
    And at the same time it says everything

    Quality song nevertheless :-)
    asuleion March 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"If one day you need me, I will be nothing"

    The translation doesn't quite go like this. It's more like "If one day I don't have you, I will be nothing"
    hada_púrpuraon August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI still dont get it even after its translated I think it sounds beautiful though.
    liesparadiseon November 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell put:):)
    i also heard this in man on fire!!
    greatt song
    eevaboon March 05, 2010   Link

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