En la Plaza de mi Pueblo
En la Plaza de mi Pueblo ("In the square of my village") is a Spanish-language song originating during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, and is usually attributed to the anarchist CNT-FAI, a prominent labour organization at the time which sent its own militias to fight alongside the Spanish Republican Army during the Civil War. The melody is that of a Spanish folk song, "El Café de Chinitas," which in turn is attributed to (or, in some accounts, simply written down by) Federico García Lorca.
En la plaza de mi pueblo
Y esta tierra, que no es mía,
Pero dime, compañero,
Con mi arado abro los surcos
In the square of my village
And this land, which isn't mine,
Tell me, comrade¹,
With my plow I open the furrows,
- ¹ "Compañero" in Spanish can mean either "comrade," in a political context, or something akin to "buddy" if informal. Since this song is very clearly political, it has been translated as "comrade."
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