Learn Spanish With Music, Pimpinela – Olvídame y Pega La Vuelta

Pimpinela is a duo from Argentina. They became famous most likely with their song, Olvídame y pega la vuelta back in the mid 80’s or so.

My friends have enjoyed this duo because they sing in a conversational way about relationship problems, and is a great way to learn some good every day language from their songs.

Pega la vuelta is a good example of a phrase that most likely won’t be found in Spanish grammar books, but probably because of this song, it became everyday parlance back in the mid 80’s.

The verb pegar is also quite intersting as it has quite a few meanings.

It can mean, to give, as in, pegar una paliza or give a beating.

It also means to stick, as in pegar un papel a la pared (stick/glue a paper to the wall.)

It can also mean harmonize as in, esa ropa no te pega, which the literal translation would be, those clothes don’t stick to you, but it really means, those clothes don’t go well together.

In the song, pegar la vuelta, literally means, stick a turn, or give a turn, but is an expression that means, to leave or.

In everyday language for example, you can say, El concierto no me gustó y por eso pegué la vuelta. Or, I didn’t like the concert and that’s why I left.

Of course, you can as easily say, El concierto no me gustó y por eso me fuí, but  “pegar la vuelta” is more ‘slangish’ and cooler, obviously.

The song was a bit of a challenge as the lyrics kind merge together at some point, but after you listen to the son, for sure you won’t forget this phrase!


 

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