FRIDAY CANCIÓN: Olvido by Amaral

Hola mis amigos.  ¡Es viernes!

Welcome to today’s Friday Canción.  Today’s song is another beautiful and haunting melody.  Olvido is sung by the Spanish group Amaral.  The band consists of Eva Amaral and Juan Aguirre, who write their songs together. The band’s musical style is mostly identified as pop rock, but it is often fused with Latin beats, folk rock, complex poetic lyrics and traditional Spanish folk music.

Olvido is dedicated to Eva’s mother.  The band wanted the effect of looking into a mirror and seeing two sides of the same face. I don’t know if the song has that effect but it is certainly delightful to listen to; and does seem to have an ‘echo’ or sorts.

 

Letras

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Here is another video with shows the lyrics in Spanish and English.

 

 

Using Olvido as a teaching or learning tool

The lyrics are so clear in this song and the grammar is quite simple as well.  Those characteristics make this a really good listening tool even for lower level students. I would suggest blanking out some lyrics and asking students to listen to the song and fill in the gaps.  I’ve prepared one already here for you.   Listen to the song at least twice to see how many words you can figure out.

 

Olvido mi  (1)______ y mis apellidos,
olvido la fecha del día en que vivo,
con algo de (2)______ les llega el olvido
a aquellos que he odiado y a los que he (3)______.

Las letras, los (4)______ de las canciones,
El paso cambiado de las estaciones.
Me acerco al espejo, me (5)______ y sonrío
Mi propio (6)______ cayó en el olvido.

Pero tú eres lo último que veo,
antes de vencerme el (7)_______.
Siempre estas (8)______ en una dimensión
lejos del olvido.

Olvido a la (9)______ que nunca he sido,
las vidas ajenas que no he vivido.
A veces (10)______ y a veces olvido
los años que cumplo.
Y entonces olvido, y olvido y olvido

Y nada me impide que (11)______ olvidar
A todos los mitos que se me han caído.
Motivos me sobran para asesinar
a algunos (12)______ a golpes de olvido.

Pero tú eres lo último que veo,
antes de vencerme el sueño.
Siempre estas conmigo en una dimensión
lejos del olvido.

Quick Answers:  nombre, tiempo, querido, títulos, miro, reflejo, sueño, conmigo, madre, recuerdo, pueda, fantasmas.

 

 

How did you do?  Let me know in the comments below.

 

By the time this is posted I’ll be having an Easter picnic with my family and hopefully getting the boys as tired as possible!  I wish you a Happy Easter weekend!

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