Sala de Recepção

Lyrics from "Sala de Recepção" by Cartola (early 1940s, recorded on Cartola II [1976]) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBeB0nZbvP4 -- Inhabited by people so simple and so poor Who have only the sun for shelter How can you sing, Mangueira? (response) Well we'll have you know we don't desire any more At night, the silvery moon, in silence, listens to our songs… Continue reading Sala de Recepção

“Esquiva da Esgrima”

"Esquiva da Esgrima" by Criolo (2014) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1cI4nYIQqs Talking too much makes gum go sour Call in SAMU and teach this fool to respect our principles There's more god to give than y'all in a chamberpot Back in the day words alone sorted things out An exchange of ideas -- respect was enough Money is vile, uncle transacted, virile instincts The AR-15's loaded… Continue reading “Esquiva da Esgrima”

Paulo da Portela: “Linda Borboleta,” “Linda Guanabara,” and “O meu nome já caiu no esquecimento”

Lyrics from "Linda Borboleta" by Paulo da Portela and Monarco Part 1- by Paulo da Portela Beautiful butterfly, don't be so mischievous Leave my rose be, so lovely on the stem It's my delight, when dawn breaks, to pay her a visit See her bathed in dew When the sun comes it covers her with… Continue reading Paulo da Portela: “Linda Borboleta,” “Linda Guanabara,” and “O meu nome já caiu no esquecimento”