Con toda palabra (Lhasa and Elizabeth Morris versions)

Con toda palabra (English: With every word) is a beautiful song composed by Lhasa de Sela (September 27, 1972 – January 1, 2010), also known by the mononym Lhasa, the American-born Canadian singer-songwriter who was raised in Mexico and the United States. The song is the opening track of Lhasa’s second album “The Living Road”, which released in 2003.

The video below directed by Ralph Dfouni and Brigitte Henry, was nominated in 2006 for a Juno Award (presented annually to the Canadian musicians) but did not win. At the 2007 ION International Film Festival, the video was named the “Music Video of the Year”.

In the video below, Lhasa performs the song live at Grand Rex in Paris in 2004.

Here another beautiful version from the Chilean folk musician Elizabeth Morris.

Live version by Elizabeth Morris.

Lyrics

Con toda palabra

Con toda palabra
Con toda sonrisa
Con toda mirada
Con toda caricia

Me acerco al agua
Bebiendo tu beso
La luz de tu cara
La luz de tu cuerpo

Es ruego el quererte
Es canto de mudo
Mirada de ciego
Secreto desnudo

Me entrego a tus brazos
Con miedo y con calma
Y un ruego en la boca
Y un ruego en el alma

Con toda palabra
Con toda sonrisa
Con toda mirada
Con toda caricia

Me acerco al fuego
Que todo lo quema
La luz de tu cara
La luz de tu cuerpo

Es ruego el quererte
Es canto de mudo
Mirada de ciego
Secreto desnudo

Me entrego a tus brazos
Con miedo y con calma
Y un ruego en la boca
Y un ruego en el alma

With every word

With every word,
with every smile,
with every look,
with every caress…

I approach the water
drinking your kiss,
the light of your face,
the light of your form.

To love you is a plea;
it’s the song of a mute;
the look of a blind man;
a secret exposed.

I submit myself to your arms,
with fear and with calm;
a plea on my lips,
a plea in my soul.

With every word,
with every smile,
with every look,
with every caress…

I approach the fire,
and all that it burns;
the light of your face,
the light of your form.

To love you is a plea;
it’s the song of a mute;
the look of a blind man;
a secret exposed.

I give myself to your arms,
with fear and with calm;
a plea on my lips,
a plea in my soul…

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