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Origins: 'Amapola' (in Spanish) - how old?

23 Oct 02 - 12:39 AM (#809070)
Subject: Lyr Add: AMAPOLA
From: Genie

The song "Amapola" was popular, in English, in the 1940s, but it also has Spanish lyrics:

Amapola      W:Albert Gamse  ;M:Joseph M. Lacalle © 1924

De amor en los hierros de tu reja,
De amor escuché la triste queja.
De amor que sonó en mi amante corazón,
Diciendo me asi con su dulce canción.

Amapola, lindìsima Amapola,
Será siempre mi alma tuya sola.
Yo te quiero, amada niña mía,
Igual qe ama la flor la luz del día.

Amapola, lindísima Amapola,
No seas tan ingrata y ámame.
Amapola, Amapola,
Cómo puedes tú vivir tan sola,
 

The English lyrics (below) were popular in WWII in the US.

Amapola, my pretty little poppy,
You're like the lovely flower so sweet & heavenly.
Since I found you my heart is wrapped around you
And, seeing you, it seems to beat a rhapsody.
Amapola, the pretty little poppy
Must copy its endearing charms from you.
Amapola, Amapola,
How I long to hear you say, "I love you."
 

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My question is how old are the Spanish lyrics? Were they also written in the 1920s, or was this an older Spanish song that was turned into a popular English-lyric song in the 20th C. Any background info?
 

Genie


23 Oct 02 - 01:05 AM (#809078)
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Amapola' (in Spanish) - how old?
From: masato sakurai

See this site, though not all is answered:

Amapola -- My Pretty Little Poppy ["This page is dedicated to my great grandfather Joseph M. LaCalle (the writer of the music for Amapola) and to my mother, his biggest fan."]

~Masato


23 Oct 02 - 10:50 AM (#809265)
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Amapola' (in Spanish) - how old?
From: SharonA

Masato, you're amazing! How do you find all the stuff nobody else can dig up? I'm in awe.


23 Oct 02 - 01:49 PM (#809451)
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Amapola' (in Spanish) - how old?
From: masato sakurai

SharonA, it was a very simple procedure. Putting "Joseph M. Lacalle" and "Amapola" into Google's search box. See the results. That site is on the top.

~Masato


23 Oct 02 - 02:48 PM (#809493)
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Amapola' (in Spanish) - how old?
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy

Spanish lyrics & music were by LaCalle in 1924, English lyrics were by Albert Gamse in 1941, recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Vocalist Helen O'Connell


26 Jul 11 - 06:35 PM (#3196177)
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Amapola' (in Spanish) - how old?
From: Genie

Sad to say, the link you posted, Masato, no longer works. I wonder if the information can be found at a new site.

Genie


26 Jul 11 - 07:08 PM (#3196187)
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Amapola' (in Spanish) - how old?
From: Monique

Wiki article about it.