Author Archives: lyricalbrazil

About lyricalbrazil

My name is Victoria Broadus and in early 2012 I moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Brazil - first São Paulo, and now Rio de Janeiro. I began studying Portuguese while working toward a Master's degree in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, and have since become fluent. I love Brazilian music and want to be able to share it with more people, so I'm working on translating songs to English and providing some contextual interpretation and stories about the songs and the musicians.

“Quem São Eles (a Bahia é boa terra)” – “Já Te Digo”

Quem São Eles  (“Samba Carnavalesco gravado pelo Bahiano e o corpo de coro para Casa Edison – Rio de Janeiro!”) – 1918 ___ A Bahia é boa terra// Bahia is a good land Ela lá e eu aqui – Iaiá … Continue reading

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“Viena fica na 28 de Setembro” & “Tempos do onça e da fera (Quarador)”

Lyrics from “Viena fica na 28 de Setembro” by Aldir Blanc and João Bosco (1982) Morre a luz da noite // The evening’s light dies O porre acende pra me iluminar // The liquor lights up to illuminate me Numa outra cena…// In … Continue reading

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A Rasteira do Presidente

Lyrics from “A Rasteira do Presidente” by Bicalho/Silvio Modesto, released by Bezerra da Silva (1986) ___ Alô, alô Dona de Casa // Hello, hello, Housewife Fiscais do Presidente, se liga // President’s Inspectors, at attention Tabela de preços na mão // Table … Continue reading

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