Canta, Canta Amigo, Canta

 Canta, canta amigo canta

Letra e música: António Macedo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLiCZCYon68

Canta canta amigo canta                                         Sing, my friend, sing
vem cantar a nossa canção                                     come and sing our song
tu sozinho não és nada                                            you alone are nothing
juntos temos o mundo na mão                              together we hold the world in hand.

Erguer a voz e cantar                                              Raise your voice and sing
é força de quem é novo                                           it is the strength of the young
viver sempre a esperar                                            to live always hoping that
fraqueza de quem é povo                                        the weakness of the people
Viver em casa de tábuas                                         Living in houses of sticks
à espera dum novo dia                                            in hope of a new day
enquanto a terra engole                                          while the earth swallows
a tua antiga alegria                                                   your ancient happiness

Canta canta amigo canta                                         Sing, sing my friend, sing
vem cantar a nossa canção                                      come and sing our song
tu sozinho não és nada                                             you alone are nothing
juntos temos o mundo na mão                              together we have the world in hand

O teu corpo é um barco                                           Your body is but a boat
que não tem leme nem velas                                  with neither helm nor sail
a tua vida é uma casa                                               your life is but a house
sem portas e sem janelas                                        with neither doors nor windows
Não vás ao sabor do vento                                      Do not tumble like a leaf in the wind
aprende a canção da esperança                             learn the song of hope
vem semear tempestades                                        come spread the seeds of change
se queres colher a bonança                                     if you want to reap the harvest

Canta canta amigo canta                                         Sing, sing my friend, sing
vem cantar a nossa canção                                     come and sing our song
tu sozinho não és nada                                            you alone are nothing
juntos temos o mundo na mão                              together we have the world in hand.

Já que me chamas amigo                                        Now that you call me friend
prova-me lá que o és                                                show me that you are.
vem para a ceifa comigo                                          come to the reaping with me
na terra sujar os pés                                                 and soil your feet in the earth.

Eu vou contigo pró campo                                      I will go with you to the battle
eu vou comer do teu pão                                         I will eat your bread.
Tu dás-me a força da vida                                       You give me inspiration,
eu dou-te a minha canção                                       I give you my song.

 

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About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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One Response to Canta, Canta Amigo, Canta

  1. ritaroberts says:

    Love this poetry Carlo, Thanks for sharing.

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