We’re starting off our HHS Music Video series with ” (Tengo) La Camisa Negra” by Juanes, one of the most popular Spanish songs around!

If you haven’t heard this catchy tune before you must – It has become a Spanish language classic.  If you go to a club in a Spanish-speaking country you are likely to hear it and watch everybody around you dancing and singing to it.  And it’s great for practicing your Spanish! But hang on because he speaks very quickly in some parts!!

The name of the song is LA CAMISA NEGRA which literally means “The black shirt”, but it’s not really about his wardrobe. He talks of a love that didn’t work out, a black soul, and a being dead underneath. See how much you can understand. Then use the side-by-side transcript and English translation provided to improve your Spanish listening and comprehension.

Accent Note: Juanes is from  Columbia, so you can listen for the Colombian accent 🙂

Lyrics and English Translation of ‘(Tengo) La Camisa Negra’ by Juanes

Tab 1

[*hablado*] Uno por pobre y feo
pero antojao (from “antojado”)

Tengo la camisa negra
Hoy mi amor está de luto
Hoy tengo en el alma una pena
Y es por culpa de tu embrujo

Hoy se que tu ya no me quieres ………………………
Y eso es lo que más me hiere
Que tengo la camisa negra
Y una pena que me duele

Mal parece que solo me quedé
Y fue pura todita tu mentira
Que maldita mala suerte la mía
Que aquel día te encontré

Por beber del veneno malevo de tu amor ……………..
Yo quedé moribundo y lleno de dolor
Respiré de ese humo amargo de tu adiós ………………
Y desde que tú te fuiste yo solo tengo …

Tengo la camisa negra
Porque negra tengo el alma
Yo por ti perdí la calma
Y casi pierdo hasta mi cama

Cama cama “come on” baby
Te digo con disimulo
Tengo la camisa negra
Y debajo tengo el difunto

*[hablado]* Pa’ (para) enterrartelo cuando quieras mamita
Así como lo oye hija

Tengo la camisa negra
Ya tu amor no me interesa
Lo que ayer me supo a gloria
Hoy me sabe a pura [mier** …]


Miércoles por la tarde y tu que no llegas

Ni siquiera muestras señas
Y yo con la camisa negra
Y tus maletas en la puerta

Mal parece que solo me quedé
Y fue pura todita tu mentira
Que maldita mala suerte la mía
Que aquel día te encontré

Por beber del veneno malevo de tu amor …………………..
Yo quedé moribundo y lleno de dolor
Respiré de ese humo amargo de tu adiós ……………………
Y desde que tú te fuiste yo solo tengo …

Tengo la camisa negra
Porque negra tengo el alma
Yo por ti perdí la calma
Y casi pierdo hasta mi cama

Cama cama “come on baby”
Te digo con disimulo
Tengo la camisa negra
Y debajo tengo el difunto

Tengo la camisa negra
Porque negra tengo el alma
Yo por ti perdí la calma
Y casi pierdo hasta mi cama

Cama cama “come on baby”
Te digo con disimulo
Tengo la camisa negra
Y debajo tengo el difunto

[*spoken*] One for poor and ugly
but fancied

I have the black shirt
today my love is of mourning
Today I have in the soul a pain
and is the fault of your spell

Today I know that already you don’t want (love) me
and this is that which wounds me most
that I have the black shirt
and a pain that hurts me

Bad seems to stay only with me
And was every bit pure your lie
That damned bad luck of mine
That this day I found you

For to drink of the malevolent venom of your love
I remain dying and full of pain
I will breathe from this bitter smoke of your goodbye
And since you left I only have …

I have the black shirt
Because black I have the soul
I for you lost the calm
and almost lost to my bed

Bed bed (play on words) “come on baby”
I tell you with dissimulation (concealment)
I have the black shirt
and underneath I have the deceased

[*spoken*] For to bury you in it when you can “little mom” (hottie/baby)
Just like the child hears it

I have the black shirt
Already your love doesn’t interest me
That which yesterday I knew to glory
Today I know pure [sh** ..]  (play on words)

Wednesday night and you don’t arrive
Not even address signs
And I with the black shirt
And your luggage in the door

Bad seems to stay only with me
And was every bit pure your lie
That damned bad luck of mine
That this day I found you

For to drink of the malevolent venom of your love
I remain dying and full of pain
I will breathe of this bitter smoke of your goodbye
And since you left I only have …

I have the black shirt
Because black I have the soul
I for you lost the calm
and almost lost to my bed

Bed bed “come on baby”
I tell you with dissimulation
I have the black shirt
and underneath I have the deceased

I have the black shirt
Because black I have the soul
I for you lost the calm
and almost lost to my bed

Bed bed “come on baby”
I tell you with dissimulation
I have the black shirt
and underneath I have the deceased

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Tab 2
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  • Ross

    Muchas gracias por enseñarnos esta canción. Me encanta mucho. Ojalá que estuviera en España bailando ahora mismo!