Saturday, 27 June 2009

Peempolio: Pimpolho

Though ostensibly a children's song, Peempolio makes several profound and idealistic points about life and human nature. Art Popular tells of meeting a young prince in the middle of the Carnival. The essence of the poetry is contained in the great and famous lines uttered by a third character to the women: "Cuidado com a cabeça do pimpolho" ("Beware of the Peempolio's Head.").

Peempolio is a very nice guy
It's a shame he cannot see women
In the dance he already asks to lower
Already asks to lower
She wants to stop and he do not

She is dancing and the Peempolio is staring
Beware of the Peempolio

I am Peempolio
I am the king of women
I kiss everyone nonstop
And stop staring at me
Lower slowly
'Cause my breath is ending
I can't speak anymore
Go falling, go falling
Now you can stand

She is dancing and the Peempolio is staring
Beware of the Peempolio's head

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Here comes the big black man: Lá vem o negão

Here comes the big black man is one of two major ancient Brazilian epic poems attributed to Cravo e Canela. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon. Indeed it is the second—the Iliad being the first—extant work of Western literature. It was probably composed near the end of the twentieth century AC, somewhere in Bahia.

The poem mainly centers on the Brazilian hero Big Black Man (or Negão, as he was known in local myths) and his long journey home.

Here comes de big black man
Full of passion
Pick you up Pick you up Pick you up
Wanting to win all the little girls
Not even the old ones he forgives, no
Sniffed on the neck of the pretty brown girl
Pick you up Pick you up Pick you up
Little blonde girl who have been sniffed by the big black man
Is a problem
Little blonde who have been sniffed by the big black man
Is a problem

If nobody knew how to love you
You can prepare yourself, the salvation has arrived
Just happyness, you can dress up
That the big black man has arrived

But if you are compromised
Is better not to fail
A look, a smile is enough
For the big black man to pick you

Here comes de big black man
Full of passion
Pick you up Pick you up Pick you up
Wanting to win all the little girls
Not even the old ones he forgives, no
Sniffed on the neck of the pretty brown girl
Pick you up Pick you up Pick you up
Little blonde who have been sniffed by the big black man
Is a problem
Little blonde girl who have been sniffed by the big black man
Is a problem

Come, big black man, come fast
It is women to scream
Come, big black man, now is the time
Let's lay down and roll

In the beach, in the street, in the supermarket
In the fair is the biggest joy
The little girls come rebraking
To be with this big black man

Sunday, 14 June 2009

I've carved an X on you heart: Marquei um X no seu coração

Xuxa was once a innocent actress and poet until the day she decided to become Satanist. From a lovely blond girl, she was then known as "The queen of the short", being "short" an obvious reference for those who live underground.
Apart from what our foreign readers must think, Coffin Joe isn't the most influential Satanist artist in Brazil. As soon as she gave her heart to the Beast itself (whom she refers as "the animal"), Xuxa became unprecedentedly prolific and creative.
This next piece is the first piece of this new age on Xuxa's poetry. In it she surrends to her new-found faith and speaks about her new experiences, exalting her condition and inciting her readers to join too.
It is also the first and most famous case of subliminar message in brazilian poetry. In the first lines, and later on the poem, she mentions X X X, which in portuguese is spelled "XIS", being, in reverse: "six six six".

I've carved an X, an X, an X on your heart
So you'll never forget me
You'll never forget me, i promise so.

Where is the feeling of emptyness that was here?
The animal have eaten.
Where is the sadness that was tightening?
My chest and your
Where is the kiss i was waiting
And you, ashamed, denied?

I've carved an X, an X, an X on your heart
So you'll never forget me
You'll never forget me, i promise so.

I know, distance is not going to separate us
My love and yours
In the light of the morning, when the sun rise
The passion that is born
In the delicious kiss i was waiting
and you, ashamed, denied

Friday, 12 June 2009

Drool Baby: Baba Baby

Kelly Key, as her name suggests, is a key turning point for all contemporary movements that relate to sincopated poetry. Her outstanding knowledge of the linguistics have been long appreciated among the community.
In 2002 she was candidate to become the first woman to assume a chair in the Brazilian Academy of Literature, but sadly Paulo Coelho (Paul Rabbit) took that place. The unexpected lost is still not well explained and was reflected that night by revenge and violence on the streets of the most important capitals of Brazil.

You did not believed, not even looked at me
Said that i was too young for you
But now i've grown and you wanna date me

I won't believe in this false love
That just wants to illude me, fool me, this is K.O.
So that you won´t say that i´m bad, i'll let you stare

Drool! look what you've missed
Drool! The child has grown
Drool! Well done to you
Now i'm more me

Drool! This is for you
Drool! to learn not to snob me

Drool baby, baby, drool, drool baby, drool
Drool baby, baby, drool, drool baby, drool

Friday, 5 June 2009

Murderer!: Assassino!

Tony da Gatorra is a Brazilian writer widely regarded as among the greatest of South American novelists. His masterpieces, Peace and Murderer, represent the peak of realist fiction in their scope, breadth and vivid depiction of 20th-century brazilian life and mind.

Tony's further talents as essayist, dramatist, and educational reformer made him the most influential member of the aristocratic Gatorra family. His literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus, centering on the Sermon on the Mount, caused him in later life to become a fervent Christian Anarchist and pacifist. His ideas on nonviolent, expressed in such works as this, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal figures as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.


Violence is not natural
But the love is natural
Violence is not natural
But the love is natural

Murderer
Don't be one
Stop with that
Let live
Don't do it
Murderer
Don't be one
Life is sacred your body is a temple can't violate!

Yes
Daniela Perez loved the peace
Chico Mendes loved the peace
The sem-terra loved the peace
Antonio Dauth loved the peace
John Lennon, he also loved the peace
Gaudino indian, they burned, killed
he loved the peace
Why you?

Let's do something
why?
we are accomplices
we are accomplices
we are accomplices
Murderer
you got away
but God is gonna get you!
is gonna get you
GOD IS GONNA GET YOU, MURDERER!

Monday, 1 June 2009

Mandrake and the Cubans: Mandrake e os cubanos

In this poem, Skank shows the brazilian lower class' struggle to ascend in the social ladder. Through drug smuggling and voodoo (which is shown when the singer proclaims himself a "Plague's goat"), they are able to make money, thus enabling them to buy fine clothes and visiting exquisite love hotels that hands cuban slaves as gifts.

It also shows the infidelities of brazilian people, and how its guilt can make one have hallucinations (such as husbands rain).
I wonder whether you like this suit I've bought
Looks like Mandrake's suite, I bought it downton
I wonder whether you liked these cotton socks I've bought (uuu)
They say that during winter they cool the feet
And warm them during summer
I gonna match them with my rattlesnake leather shoes
Put in my pocket some cubans
That they gave me at the love hotel
I'm a Plague's goat
I'm mute there at the Belt
Nor boor nor cult
Just a wolf during full moon

I wonder whether you like this Hippie ring
Looks like your eye's gem
Uneasy hors d’oeuvres
I'm gonna match them
With an oriental fish tie
Put in my pocket a bone hair comb
And some natural herbs
I'm a Plague's goat
I'm mute there at the Belt
Nor boor nor cult
Just a wolf during full moon

(2x)
Cape, cane and top hat
She has spring lips
Scrub up and let's go
Call me when you call me

I wonder whether you like this suit I've bought
Looks like Mandrake's suite, I found it downton
I wonder whether you liked these cotton socks I've bought (uuu)
I gonna match them with my rattlesnake leather shoes
Put in my pocket some cubans
That they gave me at the love hotel
I'm a Plague's goat
I'm mute there at the Belt
Nor boor nor cult
Just a wolf during full moon

Cape, cane and top hat
She has spring lips
Pick up your scarf and beat it
It's gonna rain husbands outside

Cape, cane and top hat
She has spring lips
Scrub up and let's go
Call me when you call me

Cape, cane and top hat
She has spring lips
Pick up your scarf and beat it
It's gonna rain husbands outside