Posts Tagged ‘El Choclo’

El Choclo

January 4, 2009
This tango is as well known as “La Cumparsita” and “Jalousie.” Every once in a while the Dos por Cuatro radio station plays “Kiss of Fire” recorded in 1952 by Louis Armstrong, his version of El Choclo with lyrics by American songwriters Lester Allen and Robert Hill adapted to the music of Angel Gregorio Villoldo composed in 1903.

I touch your lips and all at once the sparks go flying
Those devil lips that know so well the art of lying
And though I see the danger, still the flame grows higher
I know I must surrender to your kiss of fire.

Just like a torch, you set the soul within me burning
I must go on, I’m on this road of no returning
And though it burns me and it turns me into ashes
My whole world crashes without your kiss of fire.

I can’t resist you, what good is there in trying?
What good is there denying you’re all that I desire?
Since first I kissed you my heart was yours completely
If I’m a slave, then it’s a slave I want to be
Don’t pity me, don’t pity me.

Give me your lips, the lips you only let me borrow
Love me tonight and let the devil take tomorrow
I know that I must have your kiss although it dooms me
Though it consumes me, your kiss of fire.