I discovered the Mexican electro-pop band Jotdog in my junior year of high school, when I discovered their single “Lluvia de Estrellas“. The group’s lighthearted lyrics about love and life quickly enraptured me, and the songs always lift me up. Recently, I managed to find their most recent album, “Universos Paralelos”, which features a number of splendid electronic pop songs. Most of all, their song “Secreto Perfecto”, a song that seems to be about refusing to give up on the memories of a lost lover, captured my heart.

I’ve attempted to translate the original Spanish lyrics found on Genius to English, though I’m painfully aware that my translation is bound to be full of multiple errors.

[Verse 1]

You were concealed on the day that discovered us

(it’s like a hex)

It turned us into two strangers abroad

(Two sides of the same)

[Pre-Chorus]

And I’m walking, with you by my side

And you’re walking with me in silence

And the heart entwines us both in the perfect secret

And no

[Chorus]

I don’t want to wake up

Because it’s better to dream

And I won’t let you escape

And in a few steps I’m going

[Verse 2]

Come back to me on a day like today

(Never ask permission)

[Pre-Chorus]

And I’m walking, with you by my side

And you’re walking with me in silence

And the heart entwines us both in the perfect secret

And no

[Chorus]

I don’t want to wake up

Because it’s better to dream

And I won’t let you escape

And in a few steps I’m going

[Post-Chorus]

Goodbye, I’ll wait for you in another place

And you are already running to my lips

And once more, you and I are united forever in the perfect secret

[Bridge]

A hidden look

at a secret of my life:

I want to see you again

[Outro]

That’s why I don’t

I don’t want to wake up

Because it’s better to dream

And I won’t let you escape

And in a few steps I’m going

 

And I’m walking, with you by my side

And you’re walking with me in silence

And the heart entwines us both in the perfect secret

Analysis

As the Silent Hill nerd that I am, the opening beat seemed to be a sped up version of the piece “Memory of the Waters” from Silent Hill 3. “Memory of the Waters” plays near the end of the game when Heather, the protagonist, weeps over the loss of her Dad for the final time in the game. While the music is sad, it still offers a gentle sense of hope; I interpreted the opening beat in “Secreto Perfecto” as setting up a similar tragically beautiful theme.

In this song, the singer wistfully recounts the day that she and her lover were separated, by death or something else. She desperately aches for them to be reunited, and uses her dreams to hold onto her memories of her lover. In this dream, they walk together side by side in tranquil silence, reunited and at peace, on a road where she won’t let her lover be separated from her again. She never wants to wake up from this dream, because when she does, she has to face the painful reality of their separation.

She also constantly envisions the moment they reunite in “another place” that can easily be interpreted as the afterlife. In that place, she sees them running to kiss her once more, reuniting them both once again.

The “perfect secret” that she’s held onto is that despite the odds and the seemingly permanent separation between the two of them, she never lost her feelings for her disappeared lover.

“Secreto Perfecto” hits home for anybody who’s lost a lover and refuses to forget them. But while it may easily invoke feelings of grief, it simultaneously reminds us that we’ll see them again.