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Cantares

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Category

Song

Date

1969

Original title

Cantares

The singer-songwriter Serrat sets these verses of the great poet Antonio Machado to music in homage to the poet.

Joan Manuel Serrat takes three verses from the poem 'Campos de Castilla' by the poet Antonio Machado, and builds the rest of the song around them. It also includes by way of a chorus the famous verse by the poet from Seville which says 'Caminante no hay camino/se hace camino al andar' ('Wanderer, there is no road/the road is made by walking'), repeated various times to give the song a unifying theme.
The song is sung in Castilian Spanish and was included on an album entitled: 'Dedicated to Antonio Machado, poet'. Released in 1969, it was immediately successful and established the singer on the national and Latin American scene. Serrat has made several versions of the song, one of the most popular of which was sung with his friend Joaquín Sabina.
 

  

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