Monday, November 21, 2016

Lyrics: "Identity" from Cantos Sagrados, by Ariel Dorfman and Ana Maria Mendoza

What did you say - they found another one?
I can't hear you this morning,
another one floating
            in the river?
talk louder - so you didn't even dare
no one can identify him?
the police said not even his mother
                          not even his mother who bore him
                          not even she could
they said that?
the other women already tried - I can't understand what you're saying,
they turned him over and looked at his face, his hands they looked at,          \
they're all waiting together,
silent, in mourning,
on the riverbank,
they took him out of the water,
he's naked
                           as the day he was born,
there's a police captain
and they won't leave until I get there?
He doesn't belong to anybody,
you say he doesn't belong to anybody?
                          tell them I'm getting dressed,
                                         I'm leaving now
                          If he captain's the same one as
                                         last time
                          he knows
                                         what will happen
                                         that body will have my name -
                                         my son's, my husband's
                                                         my father's
I'll sign the papers tell them
                        tell them I'm on my way,
                                        wait for me
and don't let that captain touch him
don't let that captain take one step closer
                        to him.
Tell them not to worry:
I can bury my own dead.

Deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the depths of the pit;
deliver them from the lion's mouth, that hell devour them not, that they fall not into darkness.