Hey, Conchita! I’ve got a question for you. There’s an American popular song from the late '50s or early '60s called Rose in Spanish Harlem. It’s recorded with a Latin sound, and it talks about a beautiful girl as symbolized by a rose that grows up through the cracks in the pavement of a poor neighborhood. The verse ends, “I’m going to pick that rose and watch her as she grows in my garden.”
I never thought much about that song until I moved to the Czech Republic and found out that they have a medieval song with the same theme. The girl is a beautiful flower growing up through the paving stones of a bridge in Prague. The guy’s going to pick it and nurture it in the garden at home.
Now, how did THIS coincidence happen? I doubt that the song writer in New York spoke Czech, although it’s possible. What did occur to me was that there was also an old Spanish song with the same theme. The Habsburgs ruled Spain, a lot of Latin America and Bohemia, and there was some cultural exchange between Spain and Bohemia, for example.
Is there an old song in Spanish that has this same theme?