Maggie Alarcón

Roses in the Sea

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Rosas en el Mar

By Margarita Alarcón Perea

Years ago, back in 1967 the Spanish singer/song writer, Luis Eduardo Aute, composed a song entitled “Roses in the Sea” (Roses en el mar). When you hear the first verse it’s a love song:

“I’m looking for a love
Willing to understand
Happiness and pain,
Anger and pleasure,
A lovely endless love
I forgot in order to forgive,
It´s easier to find
Roses in the sea.¨

The song became an anthem in its day and the beginning of a carrier for an up and coming female singer in Spain, La Massiel, who is still remembered to this day somehow related to this song.

The next verse leads the listener on another path veering away from love in the personal sense towards a larger sense of the search for inner peace:

“I´m looking for a reason
To so much falsehood.
Lies are an obsession
And the truth a lie.
What will you lose, what will you win,
If all of this will come to pass;
It´s easier to find
Roses in the sea.”

The last verse is a total social and political call and takes the listener completely off the track of romantic love and on one of pure humanistic commitment:

“I´m asking for freedom
And didn’t want to hear.
It is a necessity
In order to live.
Liberty, liberty
A right of all humanity.
Its easier to find
Roses in the sea.”

I was thinking of this song today, October 28th, because on a day like today 52 years ago, one of the most respected leaders of the revolutionary process to overthrow the Batista regime died in an airplane crash. He was not yet 30 years old and he already had earned the stars on his shoulders and the love of his people. Every year on this day, Cubans of all shapes and sizes go to the water, no matter where they are and they throw flowers into the river, or the lakes or the sea for Camilo Cienfuegos.

Camilo fought and died for social change in a country that had been struggling for its liberty and freedom since the onset of its existence. Luis Eduardo Aute wrote Roses in the Sea for the same Cuban Revolution that Camilo fought for. Aute dedicated the song to the Cuban Revolution back in the year 1967 and has never taken this dedication back. He was asking then for freedom and liberty during times of turmoil in Europe and Asia and the Americas. He spoke of the possibility for a better world. Just like Camilo, Aute had hopes in his day that Cuba with its revolution was that opening to the path for a better world.

Maybe they were both wrong, maybe they were both right, but one thing is certain: we will never know if the Cuban Revolution actually is that “better world” till the island nation is left to make its own decisions with its own people and on its own without foreign intervention of any kind. For now we continue to honor Camilo’s memory and to a point Autes words by filling the Caribbean Sea with flowers, someday I hope and I’m sure Aute would agree with me, that Cuba will be left to fend its way on its own terms, but for now, it’s easier to find roses in the sea.

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