The Complaint of Mara the Singer
Although my voice is the most beautiful,
Since what I sing and
Is always proudly rebellious,
I am only worth a
I would like two, if, like the others,
I deign, under the
To play the false apostle
With celebrated singers.
The Stalinists of the "Song of the World"
Will make their expensive records
It is here where anger growls
That I sing: "Break
I want here, where one is grateful for me,
To come, for a laughable
Among the immigrant workers,
The Leftist of the terrible
Only thus do I have the right to get respect.
much for his origins,
As for his success, is suspect.
Magny is good for
It is vile to be an owner,
Without managing one's goods.
people of the Earth
Know well that I support them!
And it is here, in my country,
In favor of the disinherited,
dares to speak to me of Spain,
And stupid futilities.
When I sing of the armed struggle,
It is of the people who come to
But this Plebe who is locked up
For three years. Who
speaks of such things?
The problem is that one will leave them there
For another twenty
Is it fair that one presses me
To sing of such
We have a democracy
Under Suarez, and they want better.
it is a rancid trifle [this democracy],
But it remains a little, at
A king is here, whose person
Spares us, at least, from Tejero.
He only obeys, by telephone,
The calmest of the generals.
IV Segovia is a prison
Where are the libertarians
Mao said better who are
The real lords of the
The unknown sing songs
To free their comrades.
And one addresses
me! We pass on this.
Why would I want to fix their mess?
V All my friends disapprove of me
Being a star
Hoodlums, who moreover pay me
More than the customary
Songs lacking political meaning,
Or a brilliant radicalism!
faithful to my stock in trade.
For anything else I don't have the
The response I must make
To those who would deputize me
most sincere refrain:
"Soy una hija de puta."
Pro-prisoner Committee of Segovia
 Name of the
restaurant (nearby Saint-Etienne-du-Mont) in which Mara first started
singing in the 1960s. [Translator's note: in Spain, a
maravedi is a small copper coin. Thus this line says suggests: "I
am only worth a penny."]
 Which produced
Mara's recording Songs of Spain, with accompaniment by the
guitarist Paco Ibanez.
note: Madame Claude-Edmonde Magny.
note: literally, Why would I want to sell their salads? (Pourquoi
vendrais-je leurs salades?).
 "I am the daughter
of a whore."
(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 6: Janvier
1979-Decembre 1987 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2005. Translated
from the French by NOT BORED! April 2007. Footnotes by Alice Debord,
except where noted.)
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