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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

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

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

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,

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 Dan

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 Lo