Historia de un Amor

Posted by M ws On Thursday, March 29, 2012 0 comments
As a pre-schooler, I would croon the Mandarin version of Historia de un Amor without really knowing what I was singing.

The strains of "Wa Ti Xin Chi Yeo Ni May Yeo Tar..." would fill my grandmother's house when the cousins got together for sing-song or dance sessions. Yours truly, being one of the youngest, would be in the shadows watching the older ones do Latin dance practices.

It was only much later that I realized how this song is Historia De Un Amor written by someone from Latin America.

According to Wikipedia:

Historia de un Amor (Spanish for "a love story") is a song about a man's old love written by Panamanian songwriter Carlos Eleta Almarán. It was written after the death of his brother's wife. It is also in the soundtrack of a 1956 Mexican movie of the same name starring Libertad Lamarque.

The song tells of a man's suffering after his love has disappeared. It may be interpreted that love is a story for a woman but it's just an episode for a man. It was sung or played by many artists: Guadalupe Pineda, Eydie Gormé & Trio Los Panchos, Los Paraguayos, Nicola Di Bari, Abbe Lane, Julio Iglesias, Angélica María, Nana Mouskouri, George Dalaras, Perez Prado, Laura Fygi, Iva Zanicchi, Dizzy Reece, Pedro Infante, Dalida, Ana Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Yasar, Lili Boniche, Los Tres Ases, Dany Brillant, Sargis Maghakyan Sr., etc. In the film "Visage" by Tsai Ming-liang it was sung by Laetitia Casta. It has also been heavily covered in Chinese, with at least 3 sets of lyrics.

This is the translation for the lyrics:

You're no longer by my side, my love,
And there' only loneliness in my soul.
And if I can no longer see you,
Why did God make me love you
To make me suffer more.

You were the reason for my existence.
Adoring you, for me, was religion.
In your kisses I've waited,
For the warmth given me,
By love and passion.

That's the history of a love.
Which has no equal,
That made me understand,
All that's good, all that's bad,
That gave light to my life,
Then turned it off.
Oh what a dark life.
Without your love I will not live.
That's the history of a love.

This one is supposedly the best Mandarin version - CLICK HERE TO ENJOY THE MANDARIN VERSION.

I also love the version sung by Edyie Gorme and Trios Los Panchos which you can watch AT THIS LINK.

The French version is called Histoire D'un Amour made famous by Dalida which you can enjoy AT THIS LINK.

Here's a more romantic version by Laura Fygi AT THIS LINK.

Nana Mouskouri gives a more upbeat version AT THIS LINK.

And a very romantic version HERE by Luz Casal.

Finally, a Flamenco version can be enjoyed AT THIS LINK.

Do leave a comment to share your views/memories of this song....Thanks!

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