Mercedes Sosa: Todo Cambia

The magnificent Mercedes Sosa singing my favorite of her songs, Todo Cambia (Everything Changes), with thousands singing along.

Here’s the lyric, and a very rough translation:

Todo Cambia

Cambia lo superficial
cambia también lo profundo
cambia el modo de pensar
cambia todo en este mundo

Cambia el clima con los años
cambia el pastor su rebaño
y así como todo cambia
que yo cambie no es extraño

Cambia el mas fino brillante
de mano en mano su brillo
cambia el nido el pajarillo
cambia el sentir un amante

Cambia el rumbo el caminante
aunque esto le cause daño
y así como todo cambia
que yo cambie no extraño

Cambia todo cambia
Cambia todo cambia
Cambia todo cambia
Cambia todo cambia

Cambia el sol en su carrera
cuando la noche subsiste
cambia la planta y se viste
de verde en la primavera

Cambia el pelaje la fiera
Cambia el cabello el anciano
y así como todo cambia
que yo cambie no es extraño

Pero no cambia mi amor
por mas lejos que me encuentre
ni el recuerdo ni el dolor
de mi pueblo y de mi gente

Lo que cambió ayer
tendrá que cambiar mañana
así como cambio yo
en esta tierra lejana

Cambia todo cambia
Cambia todo cambia
Cambia todo cambia
Cambia todo cambia

Pero no cambia mi amor…

Everything Changes

Surface things change
and so do things profound
your way of thinking changes
everything in this world changes

Climate changes over the years
a shepherd changes his flock
and since everything must change
that I should change is nothing strange

The finest brilliant thing
changes its luster from hand to hand
a bird’s nest can change
and so can a lover’s feelings

A walker changes directions
although it could cause harm
and since everything must change
that I should change is nothing strange

Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes

The sun changes in its path
when only night remains
a plant changes its garments
from the green it was in spring

Animals’ coats change
And old people’s hair
and since everything must change
that I should change is nothing strange

But my love doesn’t change
no matter how far away I travel
nor the memory nor the pain
of my country and my people

What changed yesterday
will have to change tomorrow
just as I am changing
in this distant country

Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes

~ by lolarusa on August 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “Mercedes Sosa: Todo Cambia”

  1. Thank you, lolarusa! I love Mercedes Sosa and am so moved by her songs, even though I don’t know Spanish. AM THRILLED TO HAVE THIS TRANSLATION. Have you done others?

  2. MUCHAS GRACIAS – I too needed a translation!

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