Vos Sos el Dios de los Pobres

Posted on March 13th, 2010 by James

This is a song from La Misa Campesina Nicaragüense by Carlos Mejía Godoy. I encountered it on a trip to Guatemala, and loved the music and words. It keeps popping into my head 2 years later, and I thought I’d share it (and a rough English Translation) with you.

Vos sos el Dios de los pobres
Vos sos el Dios de los pobres
El Dios humano y sencillo
El Dios que suda en la calle
El Dios de rostro curtido.

Por eso es que te hablo yo
Así como te habla mi pueblo
Porque sos el Dios obrero
El Cristo trabajador

Vos vas de la mano con mi gente
Luchás en el campo y la ciudad
Hacés fila allá en el campamento
Para que te poguen tu jornal.

Vos comés raspando allá en el parque
con Eusebio, Poncho y Juan José
Y hasta protestás por el cirope
Cuondo no te le echan mucho miel.

Vos sos el Dios de los pobres…

Yo te he visto en uno pulpería
instalado en un caramanchel.
Te he visto vendiendo lotería
sin que te avergüence ese papel.

Yo te he visto en las gasolineras
Chequeando los llantas de un camión
Y hasta patroleando carreteras
con guantes de cuero y overol.

Vas sos el Dios de los pobres…

Translation (Please feel free to correct me)-

You are the God of the poor ones
The human and modest/simple God.
The God who sweats in the street
The God with a weather beaten face.

This is why I speak to you
Just like my people speak to you
Because you are the worker God,
The worker Christ.

You walk hand in hand with my people
Struggle in the country and the city
You wait in line in the refugee? camp
To earn your daily wage

You eat ice cream? there in the park
With Eusebio, Pancho, y Juan José
And even protest for more syrup
When the don’t give you enough.

I’ve seen you at the corner store
Working in a little shed
I’ve seen you selling lottery tickets
With no shame in what you’re doing.
I’ve seen you in the gas station,
Checking a truck’s tire pressure
Even patrolling the highways,
with leather gloves and overalls.

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