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La Vida Es una Milonga 1941                                    Translation

F. Montoni y Rodolfo Sciammarella                            Jordana del Feld

Todo el mundo está esperando                                Everybody expects

mejorar su situación;                                                to climb the ladder;

todos viven suspirando                                            everybody whines

con razón o sin razón.                                             when nothing's the matter.

Todo el mundo se lamenta                                      Everybody gripes

se en las buenas ya no están;                                 if they're not rolling in the hay;

nadie aguanta la tormenta                                      nobody withstands

si la contra se le da.                                               the perfect storm of dismay.

La vida es una milonga                                          Life is a milonga

y hay que saberla bailar,                                        you gotta know how to dance,

que en la pista está sobrando                               it leaves you stranded on the pista

el que pierde su compás.                                      if you're the one to miss your chance.

La vida es una milonga                                          Life is a milonga

y hay que saberla bailar,                                        you gotta know how to dance,

porque es triste estar sentado                               because it sucks to remain seated

mientras bailan los demás.                                    while the others get to prance.

Another Translation

Jordana del Feld

Everybody's hoping

to level up in life;

everybody's kvetching

about first-world problems.

Everybody's grousing

when the bons temps don't roûler;

nobody's withstanding

the onslaught of the storm.

Life is a milonga

and you gotta roll with it

'cause if you lose the beat

it leaves you stranded on the floor.

Life is a milonga

that you gotta know how to dance

'cause sitting around sucks

when everyone else is up.

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