Song of the Day #670: ‘Llorando’ – Rebekah del Rio

I was going to work up a theme week on songs performed in movies (which actually would be my second such theme since I started the Song of the Day series) but I had trouble coming up with five that were available on the Web.

And the truth is the idea was tied entirely to one performance I wanted to highlight, and I was reaching to come up with four more. So I’m just going to scrap the idea of a theme and feature one clip this week that I find very special.

Today’s song is from one of my very favorite movies, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. I named it my fifth favorite movie of the 00′s but every time I think back on one of its indelible scenes I wonder if I shouldn’t have ranked it higher.

I won’t spend much time describing the film or why it’s so amazing… if you’ve seen it, you either already agree with me or think I’m nuts. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it and find out which side you’re on. Suffice it to say that, in addition to being funny, scary, sexy, romantic, sad and just plain weird, it’s the best “puzzle” film I’ve ever seen. A whole website has been dedicated to unraveling its mysteries — it’s truly a gift that keeps on giving.

This clip arrives toward the end of the movie, but it doesn’t contain any spoilers. I won’t go into the reasons the two women in the scene (played by Laura Harring and Naomi Watts) find themselves in this theater watching Rebekah del Rio sing a Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying.’ But I will briefly set up the moment that precedes this one.

A man walks onto the stage and tells the audience that “no hay banda… there is no band… it is all an illusion.” To illustrate his point, another man seems to be playing a long, high note on a trumpet but then lowers the instrument while the sound keeps playing through the theater’s speakers. The emcee repeats this point… everything you are watching is an illusion, a performance.

The scene has meaning within the movie’s plot — in fact, it’s a pivotal turning point in the film — but I love it even more because Lynch uses it to make a point about art, and specifically movies. Everything we see is an illusion… and yet those fabricated sounds and images can move us beyond belief.

And to drive home that point, the emcee introduces Rebekah del Rio… I’ll let her take it from there.

Yo estaba bien por un tiempo
volviendo a sonreír
Luego anoche te vi
tu mano me tocó
y el saludo de tu voz
Y hablé muy bien
y tú sin saber
que he estado
llorando por tu amor
llorando por tu amor
Luego de tu adiós
sentí todo mi dolor
Sola y llorando, llorando, llorando
No es fácil de entender
que al verte otra vez
yo esté llorando

Yo que pensé que te olvidé
pero es verdad, es la verdad
que te quiero aun más
mucho más que ayer
Dime tú que puedo hacer
¿No me quieres ya?
Y siempre estaré
llorando por tu amor
llorando por tu amor
Tu amor se llevó
todo mi corazón
Y quedo llorando, llorando, llorando, llorando
por tu amor

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #670: ‘Llorando’ – Rebekah del Rio

  1. Dana says:

    This is a movie I really want to watch, but Amy has been less enthused.

    So what’s in the blue box?:) (Don’t tell me….)

  2. pegclifton says:

    Beautiful voice, terrible makeup job.

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