YoYouMeTu - Vol​.​3

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Americae We think this but feel that Wish away our wishes Its in front of us No its not the cycle is so vicious. Americae scriptor originale peccatum nunquam absolvi donec facies illud peccatum peccatum originum. —————Translation———— Americanos Pensamos esto, pero sentimos eso Desear para afuera nuestros deseos Está frente a nosotros No está El ciclo es tan cruel America's original sin will never be absolved until it faces it's sinful origins.
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e Balance Imbalance Dance Imbalance cuts the balance dance to dip balance and balance Imbalance cuts the balance dance to dip balance and balance Imbalance ... —————Translation———— El Baile Equilibrio Desequilibrio El desequilibrio corta la danza del equilibrio para sumergir el equilibrio y equilibrar el desequilibrio corta la danza del equilibrio...
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Chains (by Chris Stromquist and Abraham Gomez-Delgado) Hide your chains Hide your chains Crazy Mother loco is taking chains Diego, Lobster and Evan button up All the boys at the table Shut the fuck up ey all look down at their mystery meals hoping that the carzy mutha dont steal for real I am numb. I am numb. I am numbered. Este incidente pasa todo los diaz I am gone. I am gone. Way inside. My only way to hide. I am gone. I am gone. I can take my daily greeting in the form of a beating, but I cant take the mystery of where its coming from. Sure enough we see el pandillero making his rounds All of us front like were standing our grounds All of us are wearing our knock-o button ups and hide our chains but Marco is in a T and his cadena is exposed... Insane, insane as the pandillero strides to our table is is for real and not some bullshit animal fable but we are treated like animals is USA high school more like a prison Prison is more like hell on earth is is American cruel Pandillero sees the shine on Marcos neck How much you pay for that papi It was a gi. I didnt pay for it. LET ME TRY IT ON. No its all good. LET ME TRY IT ON ---------translation-------- Cadenas Ocultar tus cadenas Ocultar tus cadenas Crazy Mother loco está robando cadenas Diego, Lobster y Evan abotonan Todos los chicos en la mesa Cállate la boca Todos miran hacia abajo a sus comidas misteriosas esperando que el carnoso mutha 'no robe de verdad. Soy insensible. Soy insensible. Estoy numerado is incident happens everyday. Yo me haya ido. Yo me haya ido. Camino adentro Mi única forma de esconderme. Yo me haya ido. Yo me haya ido. Puedo tomar mi saludo diario en forma de una paliza ¡pero no puedo con el misterio de dónde viene Efectivamente, vemos que el pandillero hace sus rondas. Todos nos enfrentamos como si estuviéramos en nuestros terrenos Todos nosotros usamos nuestros botones de knock-os y escondemos nuestras cadenas pero Marco está en T-shirt y su cadena está expuesta ... Loco, Loco como el pandillero se acerca a nuestra mesa. Esto es real y no una fábula de mierda, pero somos tratados como animales. Esta escuela secundaria de EE. UU. Se parece más a una prisión. La prisión es más como el inerno en la tierra. Esto es American Cruel. Pandillero ve el brillo en el cuello de Marco "¿Cuánto pagas por ese papi" "Fue un regalo. No pagué por eso ". ¡¡DEJAME PROBARLA" "No, TODO ESTÁ BIEN" "¡¡DEJAME PROBARLA" Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Se formó el sal pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Se formó el sal pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera Pompea pompea Pompea pompea pompea pompea. Pompea pompea Se formó el sal Pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a —————Translation———— row yourself in the middle and shake o the hatred row yours in, take out the microbes Do not give a damn, do not you care Take it all in without looking back Crazy crazy or crazy crazy (Break the coconut a little crazy in the coconut) Up through the roof Pump my chest pump my chest Stroking the stars Slapping the stars Represents the blood that runs in your veins Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Inspire inspire inspire Motivate motivate Everyone waiting Let's see who is motivated Nobody cares here About the one who criticizes Critic critic critic super critic I do not care I am going to follow the celebration Dance dance for here is where dance wins immigrant or not an immigrant Donald Trump giant swine. Without fear with your Salsa (tun tu pa pa tun tun pa) Advance You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there A stepping out exodus was formed It was formed, It was formed. A stepping out exodus was formed Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there A stepping out exodus was formed It was formed, It was formed. A stepping out exodus was formed Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump A stepping out exodus was formed It was formed, It was formed. A stepping out exodus was formed Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there
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Motivate (by Reinaldo DeJesus) You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here Ya que estamos todos Vamo a ver quién se anima Y si alguien se tira será quien nos motiva Todo el mundo esperando A ver quién se motiva Aquí nadie le importa el que critica Inspira inspira inspira inspira Motivate motivate Inspira inspira inspira inspira Motivate motivate Tírate al medio y sacude el odio Tira la tuya saca los microbios Que no te importe un bledo no te importa na Arriésgalo todo sin mirar atrás Loco loca o Loca loco (Rompete el coco un Poco loco en el coco) Hasta abajo por el techo Pompea mi pecho pompea mi pecho Acariciando las estrellas Abofeteando las estrellas Representa la sangre que corre en tus venas Pompea pompea pompea. Pompea pompea Pompea pompea pompea pompea Pompea pompea Inspira inspira inspira inspira Motivate motivate Todo el mundo esperando A ver quién se motiva Aquí nadie le importa El que critica Critica critica critica criticon No me importa Yo vo'a seguir el vacilon Baila baila que aquí el que baila gana inmigrante o no inmigrante Donald Trump (uyyyyy) Puerco jigante. Sin miedo con tu salsa (tun tu pa pa tun tun pa) Avanza You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Se formó el sal pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera. Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Se formó el sal pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Se formó el sal pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Se formó el sal pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera Pompea pompea Pompea pompea pompea pompea. Pompea pompea Se formó el sal Pa afuera Se formó se formó se formó el sal pa afuera Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a Vamo allá vamo allá vamo allá a a ----------translation---------- Motivate You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here Now that we are all here Lets see who gets motivated And if someone throws themselves in, ey will be the one who motivates us Everyone is waiting Let's see who is motivated No one here cares about who criticizes Inspire inspire inspire Motivate motivate Inspire inspire inspire Motivate motivate row yourself in the middle and shake o the hatred row yours in, take out the microbes Do not give a damn, do not you care Take it all in without looking back Crazy crazy or crazy crazy (Break the coconut a little crazy in the coconut) Up through the roof Pump my chest pump my chest Stroking the stars Slapping the stars Represents the blood that runs in your veins Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Inspire inspire inspire Motivate motivate Everyone waiting Let's see who is motivated Nobody cares here About the one who criticizes Critic critic critic super critic I do not care I am going to follow the celebration Dance dance for here is where dance wins immigrant or not an immigrant Donald Trump giant swine. Without fear with your Salsa (tun tu pa pa tun tun pa) Advance You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here You're not alone in here baby You're not alone in here Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there A stepping out exodus was formed It was formed, It was formed. A stepping out exodus was formed Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there, Lets go there A stepping out exodus was formed It was formed, It was formed. A stepping out exodus was formed Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump Pump A stepping out exodus was formed It was formed, It was formed. A stepping out exodus was formed Let's go there, Let's go there, Let's go there, Let's go there,
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YoYouMeTu No anque sin each other No anque sin each other YoYouMeTu e Counter intuitive needs your faith Its just the pasts constant beef with the new You cant shake on it without interfaith Round and round and round, YoYouMeTu Against the grain is how it must sometimes rain Frown into the spoon and it will smile back Objects are closer than they appear eir open hands are closer than near You cant shake on it without interfaith Round and round and round, YoYouMeTu —————Translation------------ MeTuYoYou (YoYouMeTu) No becoming one without el uno al otro No becoming one without el uno al otro El contador intuitivo necesita tu fe es solo la constante batalla del pasado con el nuevo no puedes tener un acuerdo de sacudir las manos sin inter-fe. Vuelta y vuelta y vuelta, MeTuYoYou. Contra el grano es como a veces debe llover. Fruncir el ceño en la cuchara y le devolverá la sonrisa. Los objetos están más cerca de lo que parecen. Están las manos abiertas más cerca que próximo. no se puede sacudir sin inter-fe. Vuelta y vuelta y vuelta, MeTuYoYou.
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Quiero correr por el parque. mis tenis bien amarraditos mi rabo persiguiendo mi coco voy a gritar asta que me harte manos pa' arriba como un loco. quiero correr por el parque. tirar un chiste a la fuente jugar juegos salvajes contigo agarrarte y desamarrarte  comer tierra y masticar trigo quiero correr por el parque. devolver a los cuates su bola remolcar el pasto con mis dedos serrar mis ojos por dos minutos y dar gracias a lo que me creo quiero correr por el parque. hacer mi corazón explotar mis piernas que se quejen mañana Saludar la piñata que llueve dulces al cielo bailar rumba que me sana que me llama que día bonito que día bello 1Z9R4A150304299716 quiero correr por el parque sexy csrnitas escuchate mija —————————— I want to run through the park. my tennis shoes well tied my hair tied back chasing my coconut I will scream till I get fed up hands up like a crazy! I want to run through the park. throw a joke at the fountain play wild games with you grab and untie you eat earth and chew wheat I want to run through the park. return the guys their ball tow the grass with my fingers close my eyes for two minutes and give thanks to what created me I want to run through the park. make my heart explode my legs can complain tomorrow Greet the piñata that rains sweets to the sky to dance the party that heals me that calls me what a beautiful day what a beautiful day
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Sexy Carnitas: A Tele Novela Pena que yo quiero todo pero tu me dejas sin nada y yo no estoy en paz Ase veinte años me fui sin nada Te dejo mi alma Te dejo mi alma Dejame mis casas carros y canciones Ai Yo no te quiero para nada ingrata Guardate tus sexy carnitas preparte mija tu triste canción —————Translation ———— Sexy Carnitas: A Saop Opera Sorrow, I want everything but you leave me with nothing and me I'm not at peace Twenty years I le with nothing I leave you, my soul I leave you, my soul take my houses, cars and songs I do not love you at all ungrateful Put away your sexy meats Prepare ,my Dear, your sad song.
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Wedding Song (by Olia Toporovsky and Abraham Gomez-Delgado. Words by King Solomon) Ani LeDodi VeDodi Li —————Translation ———— I am my Beloved's and my Beloved is mine
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Agua a Peso No quiero pensar en vegetales Bizcocho de sabores fatales Cara sucia. Boca abajo. Pincho jincho. Tembleque tinto. Señal. crucero. Cruzando la calle. El semáforo esta cruzando la calle El otro lado a cambiado su look. El cuchifrto no se ve de aquí. El manisero ya no puede divertir. Mani Money Si te quieres por el pico divertir, cómprate un cucuruchito de maní (Manisero quote by Moisés Simons) Agua a peso donde esta eso En este coro. En este verso. Mis labios son un chapstick buscando labios secos Agua a peso donde esta eso En este coro. En este verso —————Translation ———— Agua a Peso (Water For A Dollar) I do not want to think about vegetables Cakes of fatal avors Dirty face. Upside down smile. Pasty white shishkabob. Red Tembleque. Signal cruiser crossing the street. e trac light is crossing the street e other side has changed its look. e food stand cant be seen from here. e peanut vendor cant entertain anymore. Peanuts Money "If you want your mouth to have fun, buy yourself a bag of peanuts (Manisero quote by Moisés Simons) Water for a dollar Where is that Its in this chorus. Its in this verse. My lips are a chapstick looking for dry lips Water for a dollar Where is that Its in this chorus. Its in this verse.
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Pianola Siempre sola toca la pianola Una Vieja canción que ahora esta de moda. Cuando el músico de la casa esta de viaje Y las maracas cocodrilos son impares El tocadiscos ralla a cual quiera Y las cuerdas de guitarra pelearon con tijeras Cuando la clave no tiene bocallave Y el contrabajo sin arco ya no sale La auta ota a otro compás Y el violín se queda detrás Cuando el bongo se separa en dos Y el güiro se convierte en calabaza El quinto se esconde en la conga Y la conga en la tumba sin rumba --------translation----------- Pianola (Player Piano) Always solo plays the player piano An old song that is now in fashion  When the musician of the house is traveling And the crocodile maracas are mismatched e record player scratches anyone And the guitar strings fought with scissors When the key does not have a keyhole And the contrabass without bow no longer comes out.e ute oats to another measure And the violin stays behind When the bongo separates in two And the güiro turns into a pumpkin e smallest drum hides in the conga And the conga in the biggest drum without a party.

about

The Balance Imbalance of Afinque: Dancing Through the Tensions and Intricate Realities that Unite Us with Zemog El Gallo Bueno on YoYouMeTú Volume 3
Zemog El Gallo Bueno is the philosopher’s psychedelic Latinotronic band. With multiple, branching roots and a lifetime of grappling with identity, the driving force behind the group Abraham Gomez-Delgado-Delgado has gathered musical kindred spirits back into a band for a raw, rhythmically stunning, dancefloor-ready, thinking person’s album.

Nothing is as straightforward as you want to make it, Gomez-Delgado insists. But it can be a hell of a beautiful ride, as mapped out on YoYouMeTúTrilogy: Volume 3 (release November 9, 2018).

“It can feel awkward to use the term Latinx or Latin or Latino, because you’re being grouped together with so many people. But you can’t say no to it, or things get taken away from communities. I wanted to walk close to the line of tradition and then do something that’s not necessarily predicted. To say, hey, we are individuals and have intricate realities like other humans,” Gomez-Delgado says. “We’re not all just like, ‘hey salsa, let’s party!’ I’m not your entertainment, nor am I here to be a jerk and not entertain you.” Gomez-Delgado and Zemog are here to get you to dance to your own humanity, as they grapple musically with theirs.

Volume 3 presents a closing rally to a deep-going, wide-ranging trio of albums. The previous, Volume 2, was sparked by Gomez-Delgado’s struggle to rebuild his life while grappling with intense experiences of alienation and migration, Volume 3 revels in the joys of healing love and friendship and the three-chord song--a formula just as potent in Cuba and Puerto Rico as in garage rock (“Sexy Carnitas,” “Pianola”)--and in life’s moments, great (“Wedding Song,” “Delgados Feliz”) and small (“Quiero Correr,” about a really good jog in the park).

Gomez-Delgado’s musings on “Balance Imbalance Dance” speak to the spirit of the whole album: “Without balance there is no imbalance. You need tension. You need to throw a wrench into things,” Gomez-Delgado reflects. “It’s not an opposite; it’s in balance. You zoom out to wanting utopia, and as hard as hard times can be, we need them to remind us of what is and what is important.”

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The texture and timbre of complex experience has always been important to Gomez-Delgado. His work strives to embrace all the contradictions and riches of his Puerto Rican-Peruvian heritage, his life as a young immigrant in a sometimes less-than-friendly environment, and his yearnings as a remarkably deft and sensitive musician. He longs to create the connection between people, onstage and off, that’s often called afinque in salsa music: that moment of meld when everyone sways as one.

After a successful string of albums with his band--and many of his favorite bandmates continue to play with him--Gomez-Delgado found himself in a period of deep introspection that made it challenging to play music with others. Eventually, Gomez-Delgado found his way forward, moving all his favorite salsa elements to a single instrument that could be played by a single musician. “It coaxed me toward remembering how to play with others,” Gomez-Delgado recalls.

That energy, once coupled with the excellent New York-based musicians in Zemog, burst into new intensity at a regular gig at Brooklyn music hub Barbès, where the band had a long-standing residency. Gomez-Delgado worked to keep the intensity present on Volume 3, keeping the live vibe on tracks like “Agua a Peso” and “Pianola.”

This new-found sense of vibrant community lets Gomez-Delgado’s wonderfully vivid imagination run wild, vibrating with cha cha cha, salsa, guaracha, punk, funk, and pure idiosyncrasy. “I wanted this album to have a wide spectrum. That asks a lot of people. That’s not always fair or right, but sometimes you are reacting to what life is,” notes Gomez-Delgado. “I’m going to bring these things up in my music. I wanted to lay some heavy stuff down and if you can get through that, then we’ll have fun and a good conversation.”

The heavy stuff springs from the political, no surprise for an artist like Gomez-Delgado in this day and age. “Americae,” with its Latin lyrics and its fantastic, all-over-the-place polyrhythms, cuts to the heart of the American dilemma of its cries for freedom and its basis in genocide and slavery. “This original and ‘invisible’ sin keeps coming up. Until we deal with it, it will keep coming back,” comments Gomez-Delgado.

Yet Zemog never lets gloom dominate the conversation. “Motivate,” written with conga virtuoso Reinaldo DeJesus, urges movements and motions, with coils of low brass, inspiring percussion, and a dreamy guitar line that dares you to sit still. The lyrics ask us all to get the guts to up on the dancefloor, literally and figuratively, to step up and wake up, in an anthem that feels like Frank Zappa and Antibalas colliding with cumbia.

With a similar floating sense of rhythm but a more stately sway, “YoYouMeTú” addresses identity dilemmas of a more intimate nature. The crisis of connection that we all face--that promises greater happiness if we learn to deal with it--can be resolved only by losing some of what we cling to and having faith in this vulnerability. “The lyrics use the words ‘afinque’ and ‘afincado,’ used in salsa starting in the 60-70s. They basically describe when the band is tight and becomes one, with the dancers in the room. You lose time, fully present but not in a stressful, ego-filled way. The band is swinging. That to me is the main thing of all of this,” explains Gomez-Delgado. “It’s hard to accept because anything that’s new is contradicting what you knew before. That tension takes an inner faith to move through.”

What happens on the dancefloor or in our tangled inner worlds blurs for Zemog, but that is where the pleasures of committed relationship (a moment celebrated with his wife Olia in “Wedding Song,” which they crafted for their big day) and family (“Delgados” includes a recording of Gomez-Delgado’s extended family singing together in Puerto Rico.) This is the place Gomez-Delgado fought so hard to reach, what he lays out in polychrome, shifting, quirky detail on the album. “I don’t care how cliche it is. It’s really about us and how we affirm each other’s existence. It’s the most basic thing, but I don’t care. The message still isn’t getting through, judging by our current climate. So it’s vital to say it and play it.”

credits

released November 9, 2018

is Album is dedicated to my wife and best friend, Olia Toporovsky Gomez-Delgado.
Engineered, mixed & co-mastered, vocal thoughts on trk 3 by Toriono RPGEEZ Gandy (BMI)
Abraham Gomez-Delgado - Composer, Voice, Guitar, Percussion
Maria Christina Eisen - Baritone Saxophone, Voice
Jackie Coleman - Trumpet, voice
Juancho Herrera - Mandolin, voice
Bryan Vargas - Guitar, voice
Ted Nordlander - Guitah, voice
Reinaldo DeJesus - Congas, Bongo, Bata, lead voice on Motivate, Composer of Motivate
Chris Stromquist - Timbales, chekere, voice, co-composer on Chains
Ben Willis - Electric Bass, Upright Bass, voice
Alvaro Benavides - Electric Bass, voice
Pablo Bencid - Drum Set on Americae,
Matthew Bauder - Reeds, ute and composition on Matteo El Limonero 2. Clarinet on Americae,
Olia Toporovsky Gomez-Delgado - voice, co-composer on Wedding Song
Recorded at Decatur Audio Laboratories, Ridgewood, NY and Clubgallistico studios Brooklyn,
NY 2016-18. Mixed at Bloomeld College Studios. Produced and co-mastered by A.Gomez-Delgado .
Executive Producer - Olia Toporovsky Gomez-Delgado
All compositions and Lyrics by Abraham Gomez-Delgado(ASCAP Club Gallistico) except: Wedding Song Olia Toporovsky
(ASCAP Olia Rights) & A. Gomez-Delgado; Motivate by Reinaldo DeJesus(BMIRucutucuplamusic);. Chains co-composed by
Chris Stromquist(ASCAP Aerial Mean) and A.Gomez-Delgado. Matteo El Limonero 2 composed and performed by Matthew Bauder
(ASCAP Aerial Mean). Delgados Feliz - traditional and performed by the Delgado family, Arecibo, Puerto Rico Anque X Records 2018 -

Thank you to:
My family around the world!
Zuki and Olia ,my eternal hearts
TORI for bringing this record to life!!
Juancho, Jackie, Bryan, Maria, Pablo,
Ben, Ted, Alvaro, Rei, Mau Bau
and Chris for lifting life! Devrim!!
David “Nigel” Maclem for sight and Site.
Yumi and Nari for making a home for us.
y for your compass. Delgados!!
Ron, Tristra and Dimitri and all at RPS!
Dina & Yasha & Elena for such support!
Mi tremenda Madre, Margarita Delgado
Mi Papa. AND TO ALL WHO HAVE
CELEBRATED WITH US AT OUR
PERFORMANCES!! GRACIAS!!!!!!

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Zemog El Gallo Bueno Brooklyn, New York

Zemog EL Gallo Bueno is a New York City based group of musician-friends
created and led by Puerto Rican/Peruvian composer and multi-instrumentalist
Abraham Gomez-Delgado. Zemog is a 2015 international mutation that plays
21st century Latin music adventuring through: 1930's Puerto Rican street noise, a fantasy for 60's free jazz fumes, an alternate reality to 70's New York salsa residue,
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