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Mama: Music

Aquí Me Pinté Yo (For Frida Kahlo)

(Mama)
Zoë Pollock (PRS) & Sarah McQuaid (IMRO)
The title of this song appears on a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, while some of the lyrics are direct quotations from her journal. Born in 1907 in La Casa Azul (“The Blue House”, now a museum dedicated to her) in Coyoacán, Mexico City, Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón contracted polio at age six, and in 1925 sustained dreadful injuries when a bus in which she was riding collided with a trolley car. She was plagued by intense pain for the rest of her life, and images of wounds and suffering frequently occur in her work.

Zoë: vocal, classical guitar
Sarah: vocal, steel-string guitar
Why do I need feet
When I have wings to fly
In my house of blue
Bluer than the sky

These broken bones
Teach me to be free
I spend my days alone
I am what I see

And what I see
I don’t forget
I see myself in burning colours
Red, yellow
Oh aquí me pinté yo

A leafy vine
Trails beside my hair
I turn my eyes
The mirror meets my stare

And what I see
I don’t forget
I see myself in burning colours
Red, yellow
Oh aquí me pinté yo

I am tired but I am happy
I am tired but I am happy
┬┐Pies para qué los quiero si tengo alas pa’ volar?
I am tired but I am happy
Espero alegre la salida – y espero no volver jamás
I am tired but I am happy