Friday Canción: La Camisa Negra by Juanes

Hola mis amigos.  ¡Es viernes!

Welcome to today’s Friday Canción.  Today’s song is La Camisa Negra by Juanes.

For the last Friday Canción we were all about love and everlasting devotion to that one special person.  But what happens if the love doesn’t last?  What happens when the love becomes a poison and leaves a lover a dying man?  What happens when the sweet romance becomes only the bitter smoke of a good-bye?  Sounds a bit dramatic?  Maybe, but it makes for a great, emotional song!

In La Camisa Negra, Juanes is wearing the black shirt to signify mourning.  He is mourning the death of his relationship and his love for his significant other. What was delightful yesterday, is now utterly appalling.

But it’s not all depressing, it’s a bit cheeky too, as our lover sits waiting for his lady to return home… simply so that he can send her packing once again.  Her suitcases are at the door…

Check out La Camisa Negra por Juanes

Here are the lyrics / letras.

camisa negra letras

A good website to read about the translation is Songlations.

Here is the song with las letras scrolling as it plays.  Try singing along.

 

An interesting side story to this song…

The Black Shirts were a Fascist group in Italy under Benito Mussolini.  When this song was released in 2005, it was unfortunately used in Italy, by some far-right supporters, in support of neo-fascism because of the use of “black shirt”.  Juanes has stated that La Camisa Negra has nothing to do with fascism or Mussolini and is simply a love song.  The song was still banned in some places because of the association.  In the Dominican Republic, it was banned for its ‘sexual innuendo’.

 

How’s that for some Friday drama?

Have a great weekend!

 

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2 thoughts on “Friday Canción: La Camisa Negra by Juanes

  1. The Black Shirt is really good. I listened to both videos. You are going to teach me Spanish, one day. I understand that the Black Shirt and Black Hat has some meaning in Mexico. I have an someone I know that he always wears the combination when he ever goes into public. A very distinguish man. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Haha. I hope you do learn some Spanish along the way! 😉
      Now you have me curious… I’ll have to see what I can find about this Mexican Black Hat.

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