La Llorona – Chavela Vargas

The amazing Chavela Vargas. She was an alcoholic, loved to party, and came out of the closet at around 80, when she declared to the world that she was a lesbian (Frida Kahlo is one of the people she fell in love with). Here she is singing La llorona (The weeping woman). La llorana is a popular folk tale in Central America (you can read about the folktale here), though the song is not about her but rather about the singer’s struggles in love. The video is from the Frida Kahlo movie, but since I have not seen it I cannot comment on it (on the Youtube video the song restarts at the end, but this time showing Chavela Vargas singing in the movie). The lyrics of the song are intense and tragic to the next level.


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