Amalia Rosa

Author:
Tino Carrasco
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November 1973 - February 1974

Los de Chacabuco, a band founded and conducted by Ángel Parra, performed this Venezuelan folk song, known as joropo*, singing it at the weekly prison camp show. I dare say it was one of the favourite songs of the audience, comprised of political prisoners.

This song can be found in Alberto Corvalán’s clandestine recording of the farewell show for Angel. On the recording it is called "Canción de Venezuela".

(*) A joropo is a Venezuelan dance in 3/4 and 6/8 metres. Singing is accompanied by a string instrument, such as the harp or the cuatro, and maracas.


Published on: 19 February 2015

Clandestine recording made by political prisoners in Chacabuco in 1974.


From Maracaibo departed
two doves flying
to La Guaira they’ll return
to La Guaira they’ll return
but to Maracaibo when?

(Chorus)
María gave me a ribbon
and Rosa took it away from me
Amalia fought with her
because Juana, because Juana was angered.
Now I’ve angered all four
and that is what I want.

Amalia, Amalia, Amalia
Amalia, Amalia Rosa
that’s the one I take with me
that’s the one I take with me
because she is the loveliest of them all.

Girl, take this dagger
and open my side
so you can see my heart
so you can see my heart
reflecting an image of yours.