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Clandestino is the first track on the 1998 Manu Chao album of the same name. This was the first full length solo album from Manu Chao and contains some of his most popular and famous tracks. The song Clandestino was released on July 11th 2000 as the second single from the album. Along with “Bongo Bong” and “Me Gustas Tú”, Clandestino is probably his most well known song. The Spanish lyrics are all about the issue of immigration and the huge number of people from poorer countries living “illegal” in Europe. The Spanish word “Clandestino” translates in English to clandestine, secret, underground, or illegal.

The Spanish Lyrics:

Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel

Pa una ciudad del norte
Yo me fui a trabajar
Mi vida la dejé
Entre Ceuta y Gibraltar
Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad
Mi vida va prohibida
Dice la autoridad

Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Por no llevar papel
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Yo soy el quiebra ley

Mano Negra clandestina
Peruano clandestino
Africano clandestino
Marijuana ilegal

Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel

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