This beautiful tango was written by Argentinian singer songwriter Carlos Gardel with lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera. El Día Que Me Quieras, meaning “the day you love me”, became part of the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. It has been recorded by many artists, including Luis Miguel and Roberto Carlos, and Gloria Estefan included it – along with her English adaptation of the song, The Day You Say You Love Me, – in her 2013 album Standards.
Following yesterday’s mention of French subjunctives, the linguistic bit of today’s song also centres around the subjunctive: quieras is the subjunctive form of the verb querer and is used because of the element of doubt: the day you say you love me may never come, so the subjunctive has to be used!
I hope you enjoy El Día Que Me Quieras. To hear all of my June songs, click here. If it’s your first time on the site, find out more about why I’m trying to record a piano tune every day here.