Tuesday, January 17, 2012

All About Eva

No trip to Argentina and more specifically Buenos Aires would not be complete without mentioning Eva Peron. I know very little about her but it is an understatement to say there are references to her everywhere in this city.
She was the first lady of Argentina for less than 6 years and died in 1952 at the age of 33. Fifty years later when I mention or ask what someone thinks about Evita or Eva Peron thier faces light up. Young, old, man or woman it does not matter. This woman seriously captured the mood and hearts of a nation and it holds true to this day.

She is buried in Cementerio de la Recoleta. What a crazy ass place. I have mentioned my love of cemeteries and how the one in Valparasio Chile was impressive. Well let me tell you it can not hold a candle to Recoleta. It was like walking down city streets with massive house like monuments, polished marble, clean streets and lots of green space. They honoured the rich an famous of Argentine society and no expenses have been spared. I did not know anyone other than Eva Peron but I stumbled across ex presidents, poets and writers, actors, and great historical figures.

"Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
It won't be easy, you'll think it strange
When I try to explain how I feel
That I still need your love after all that I've done

You won't believe me
All you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she's dressed up to the nines
At sixes and sevens with you

I had to let it happen, I had to change
Couldn't stay all my life down at heel
Looking out of the window, staying out of the sun

So I chose freedom
Running around, trying everything new
But nothing impressed me at all
I never expected it to

Don't cry for me Argentina
The truth is I never left you
All through my wild days
My mad existence
I kept my promise Don't keep your distance

And as for fortune, and as for fame
I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired

They are illusions
They are not the solutions they promised to be
The answer was here all the time
I love you and hope you love me

Don't cry for me Argentina

Have I said too much?
There's nothing more I can think of to say to you.
But all you have to do is look at me to know
That every word is true

I like Sarah Brightmans cover of the song.

1 comment:

Kelvin Lim said...

Ahh! You found her grave! Took me and Don a good hour walking around like headless chooks in that impressive cemetery to find it! Hope you're enjoying Buenos Aires! Love that city!