Thursday, October 22, 2009

"the lemon fell on the ground, the juice into my heart"

Music: Francis Bebey: Akwaaba (1985), from Camaroon
(Kalimbas are so beautifully simple and vanveen)

(you can get it here)

I've been reading this book on the history of Citrus by Pierre Laszlo and he includes a citrus-related quote at the beginning of each chapter. I'm gonna go ahead and list them here, because a lot of them are pretty rad. It seems like the Spanish had a preoccupation with citrus fruits and applied its metaphors to many folk songs, proverbs, prose and poetry, and other expressions of common wisdom.

"Sour and sweet like the orange is the taste of life."
--Spanish proverb

"The elements once out of it, it transmigrates."

"Love and the orange
resemble one another
however sweet
it always remains a little sour too."
--Folk song from Argentina

"I came by your house yesterday
you threw me a lemon
the lemon fell on the ground
the juice into my heart."
--Latin American folk song

"Garlic, onion, and lemon, and you can drop the injections." (their ingestion will keep you healthy)
--Spanish proverb

"A Persian Heaven is easily made;
'Tis but black eyes and lemonade."
--Thomas Moore

"From the orange and the woman, take what they have to give."
--Spanish proverb

"If God has given you lemons, apply yourself to making lemonade."
--Spanish proverb

"Conspicuous like and orange for display."
--A common phrase in Argentina

"The nun
sang from inside the grapefruit."
--Frederico Garcia Lorca

"Rare fruit of all draw from life."
--Joachim Von Sandrart

"An orange, in the morning, healthy, at noon, heavy, at night, 'tis a killer."
--Spanish proverb

"Lemon juice, juice of perdition."
--Spanish proverb

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