Canciones del Cine :: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

 

In this opening number of the film, Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and Dorothy (Jane Russell) show their extraordinary power in manipulating men. Probably, this was all that the feminism had to offer in the repressive 1950s.

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We're just two little girls
From Little Rock
We lived on the wrong side
Of the tracks
But the gentlemen friends
Who used to call
They never did seem to mind at all
They came...
To the wrong side of the tracks

Then someone broke my heart
In Little Rock
So I up and left the pieces there
Like a little lost lamb I roamed about
I came to New York and I found out
That men...
Are the same way everywhere

I was young and determined
To be wined
And dined and ermined
And I worked at it
All around the clock

Now one of these days
In my fancy clothes
I'm going back home
And punch the nose
Of the one who broke my heart
... the one who broke my heart
... the one who broke my heart
In Little Rock...
Little Rock... Little Rock...

Somos simplemente dos muchachas
De Little Rock
Vivíamos en la parte pobre
De la ciudad
Pero a los caballeros amigos
Que solían llamarnos
No parecía importarles en absoluto
Ellos venían...
A la parte pobre de la ciudad

Después alguien destrozó mi corazón
En Little Rock
Así que junté mis cosas y me fui de allí
Di vueltas como un corderito perdido
Llegué a Nueva York y descubrí
Que los hombres...
Son la misma cosa en todas partes

Era joven y estaba decidida
A que me invitaran con vino
Y a cenar y me envolvieran en armiño
Y a eso me dediqué
Las veinticuatro horas

Ahora cualquier día de éstos
En mis ropas elegantes
Me vuelvo a casa
Y le doy una trompada
A quien destrozó mi corazón
... quien destrozó mi corazón
... quien destrozó mi corazón
En Little Rock...
Little Rock... Little Rock...

 

Glossary & Grammar

the wrong side of the tracks: the poor area of a city or town (la zona pobre de la ciudad)
She was brought up on the wrong side of the tracks in a small southern town.
(Ella se crió en la parte pobre de un pequeño pueblo del sur).
This idiomatic expression is based on the idea that a poor area is often divided from the rest of the town by railroad tracks

STRUCTURE "USED TO + INFINITIVE" - HABIT IN THE PAST

The students used to read the difficult passages in a loud voice.
(Los estudiantes solían leer los pasajes complicados en voz alta).

Some gentlemen friends used to call Lorelei and Dorothy at Little Rock.
(Algunos caballeros amigos acostumbraban llamar a Lorelei y Dorothy en Little Rock).

they never did seem to mind (emphatic use of DID): it was never really important to them  (realmente nunca les importó, nunca les molestó)
I up and left: I took my few things and left from home  (junté mis cosas y me largué)
to roam about: to move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment (dar vueltas en busca de trabajo, comida, etc)
to find out: to discover, to learn (descubrir, enterarse)
to be wined: to be invited with wine (ser agasajada con vino)
to be dined: to be invited to have dinner (ser agasajada con cenas)
to be ermined: to be given ermines (an expensive white fur) as a gift (recibir armiños de regalo)
I worked at it: I devoted myself to it (me dediqué a ello)
all around the clock: the twenty-four hours (las 24 horas)
to punch the nose: to give a blow with the fist (trompear, dar una trompada)

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