Tea for three

Té para tres ” is a ballad by Argentine rock band Soda Stereo , one of the hits on their album Animal Song . The lyrics and music belong to Gustavo Cerati , singer and guitarist of the band.

Due to its harrowing beauty and its great significance, Cerati was able to interpret this theme with his idol and great musical influence, Luis Alberto Spinetta : in his solo concert in Alcorta and Pampa Avenue in 2007, and as a guest at Concert of the Eternal Bands of the year 2009.

Letter and meaning

The letter evokes the moment Gustavo Cerati, together with his mother Lilian and his father Juan José, must face the news of the latter’s illness, a terminal cancer that would cause him death a couple of years later (1992). The song tells how Gustavo lived this situation so painful. Her mother confessed that this is her favorite subject.

“We were the three of them and I could not support myself, of course, that’s why ‘I saw you crying, I saw you crying for him …’ I get goose bumps right now,” Lilian Clark said in a note. And she continued, “We were having tea because tea was never missing at home, as a good heiress of the Irish I am. We were all three, Gustavo, my husband and I. We had in hand the last analysis that was going to confirm or not the disease and in what state it was. The truth is that the results were very negative. ” 1


The song is a slow ballad, in which the voice of Gustavo Cerati and his acoustic guitar are only accompanied by the bass of Zeta Bosio (which only sounds when the subject is ending and the voice has already ceased), and a keyboard . The difference is notorious in relation to the other songs of the album, since Animal Song is just characterized by being a very rocker album and with electric guitar as one of its protagonists. [ Citation needed ]


It was recorded a promotional video, finally unused, who was a pilot program in 1991. 2


In different versions live with Soda Stereo or as a soloist, Cerati has changed the music and structure of the song towards a style closer to the blues , including the use of drums, absent in the original version. These include guitar solos, either using an electric guitar (commonly the Gibson ES-335 ) or an electro-acoustic guitar. One of them can be seen in the album Comfort and Music para Volar , which Soda Stereo recorded live for MTV. In this version, Cerati introduces the distinctive punctuation of the theme ” Cementerio Club “, by Luis Alberto Spinetta .

The song was played in the band’s “Last Concert” at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires , Argentina , in 1997 . This version was similar to the original, played only on acoustic guitar and keyboard. At the end, Cerati dedicated the theme: “This is for my dad”. This was included in the DVD The Last Concert . The song was also included in the CD version of El Último Concierto , although in that disc, there is not the version of the last named concert in Buenos Aires, but the last concert they played in Chile, on September 13, 1997. At the end Of this version, Cerati said instead, “You know that this is also my house”. 3


  • Gustavo Cerati : voice and acoustic guitar
  • Zeta Bosio : bass
  • Charly Alberti : drums


  1. Back to top↑ «The story behind the” Tea … for three “, Gustavo Cerati, Charly Alberti, Juan José Cerati, Lilian Clark. Shows, September 04, 2014, News – El Día newspaper » . Daily El Dia . 2014-09-04 21:02 . Consulado el 2015-10-09 20:57 .
  2. Back to top↑ Promotional video of the song.
  3. Back to top↑ 1997 – The Last Concert, Chile – Soda Stereo