Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Liberdade




From this compilation, which I bought half my lifetime ago.

A piece of music I've liked so much for so long I can't believe I haven't posted it before.

Existiu
Um el dorado negro no Brasil

Gilberto Gil - 'Quilombo' (1984)

[Based on a true story]

9 comments:

  1. Ooh crackles - lovely. On a similar riff I've been meaning to post 'Gone' for 3 years and only got round to it today..

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  2. Gilberto plays on,
    The music is warm yet icey cold,
    I'm lost, I'm swaying,
    I feel quite a few years less old.

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  3. gee i wish i understood other languages - this is marvelous with just a hint of what's going on lyrically but just imagine....

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  4. Existed
    An Eldorado Negro in Brazil
    Existed
    As the glare of the sun of freedom has produced
    Reflected
    The light of divinity, the holy fire of Olorum
    Revived
    Utopia one for all and all for one
    Quilombo
    That all made with all the saints watching over
    Quilombo
    That all showered with all the weeping waters
    Quilombo
    That all fell, loving and fighting
    Quilombo
    We all still want both
    Existed
    An Eldorado Negro in Brazil
    Existed
    Lived, fought, fell, died, rose again
    Resurfaced
    Peacock so many colors, my dream Carnival
    Reborn
    Quilombo, now, yes, you and me
    Quilombo
    Quilombo
    Quilombo
    Quilombo

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  5. oh you little clever love - thankyou

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  6. Sterling work there from Dark Dance, for whom the soubriquet 'Dark Horse' would perhaps be more appropriate, given this and other recent revelations of his previously hidden talents.

    He beat me to the re-keying I'd planned of the English translation from the LP's inner sleeve, which I nevertheless will provide here as a further aid to understanding.

    Once there was a Black El Dorado in Brazil
    There it was like a shaft of sunlight that liberty released
    It was there, reflecting the divine light from the holy fire of Olorum*
    And there it relived the utopia of one for all and all for one

    Quilombo - everyone built it, it took all the zeal of the saints
    Quilombo - all of the waters of all of their tears irrigated it
    Quilombo - all fell, loving and fighting
    Quilombo - even today, all of us still want so much

    Once there was a Black El Dorado in Brazil
    It was there, it lived, fought, fell, died and rose again
    It rose again, a peacock of all colours, the carnival of my dreams
    And was born again Quilombo, now it's you and me

    Quilombo - everyone built it, it took all the zeal of the saints
    Quilombo - all of the waters of all of their tears irrigated it
    Quilombo - all fell, loving and fighting
    Quilombo - even today, all of us still want so much
    .

    *Olorum is the supreme divinity in the Yoruba religion, the master of the heavens.

    I thank you.

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  7. I have that album on vinyl, though I thought Vol. 2 was better.

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  8. Haven't got Vol.2 - must seek it out, ta.

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