Sergio Mendes - Viola Lyrics




A mao que toca um violao
Se for preciso faz a guerra
Mata o mundo, fere a terra
A voz que canta uma cancao
Se for preciso canta um hino
Louva a morte
Viola em noite enluarada
No sertao e como espada
Esperanca de vinganca

O mesmo pe que danca um samba
Se preciso vai a luta
Capoeira
Quem tem de noite a companheira
Sabe que a paz e passageira
Pra defende-la se levanta
E grita: "Eu vou!"

Mao, violao, cancao e espada
E viola enluarada
Pelo campo e cidade
Porta bandeira, capoeira
Desfilando vao cantando:
Liberdade

Quem tem de noite a companheira
Sabe que a paz e passageira
Pra defende-la se levanta
E grita: "Eu vou!"
Porta bandeira
Capoeira
Desfilando vao cantando:
Liberdade
Liberdade
Liberdade
Liberdade...





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Sergio Mendes Viola Comments
  1. David Trumper

    This is one of my favourite tracks ftom the 'Crystal Illusions' lp. Melancholy, swirling and bitter sweet. The vocals and production are just sublime....just like Brasil 66. Beautuful!

  2. Gary G

    Lemon Jelly sampled this to great effect on the original version of ‘The Staunton Lick’.

  3. surrepeight

    Also, Artful sir, check out
    Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Desafinado
    if you haven't done so before.

    Artful Dodger

    Yes, that's a a wonderful recording. I also checked out Wind Chant, and, yes, I can surely hear the dissonance.

  4. surrepeight

    Also, Artful sir, check out
    Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Desafinado
    if you haven't done so before.

  5. surrepeight

    Artful, if I'm not mistaken, the dissonance is absolutely deliberate - it's a Brazilian thing. I've heard it also in the music of Airto Moreira. Check out his work. I love Wind Chant.

  6. Artful Dodger

    This is one of my favorite Brasil '66 tunes. I love the dissonance at 3:13. It must have been deliberate - a tiny flaw in an otherwise perfect gem which gives the song just a little more character.