It's the song that can make the toughest man in El Paso break down in tears, and now, it's forever immortalized in the United States National Recording Registry!

I'm of course talking about Juan Gabriel's hit song "Amor Eterno". "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love") is among the 25 recordings and albums selected for preservation at the nation’s audio history library!

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Gabriel, best known as “El Divo de Juárez,” began his career right across the Border of El Paso in Juárez, and among his decades long career of hits, "Amor Eterno" is the song that most deserves to be in the National Recording Registry!

As soon as the violins start playing my heart immediately drops. A lump in my throat starts to form and I can't even make it past 30 seconds when the tears begin to well up in my eyes. This is my reaction EVERY TIME I hear "Amor Eterno" being performed.

"Amor Eterno" in English means "Eternal Love." The sad but beautiful song was originally written and performed by Juan Gabriel, then later interpreted by Rocio Durcal. The song's theme is basically death. Although it sounds macabre, it really isn't. It's cathartic and beautifully expresses the process of grief. Translated into English, the song says

"How I wish that you still lived, that your precious eyes had never closed, so that I could see them now... Eternal love,  and unforgettable."

The song has been embraced by Hispanics, and even non-Hispanics, everywhere. Many other artists have interpreted it, we hear it at concerts, we hear it at parties and mostly, we hear it at funerals. It's a song we use to say goodbye to our loved ones, It's one song that transcends language and culture and very much so deserves to be immortalized.

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Gallery Credit: Daniel Paulus


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