Quantas vidas você tem – Paulinho Moska

Eu já matei você mil vezes
E seu amor ainda me vem
Então me diga quantas vidas você tem.

I already killed you a thousand times
And your love still finds me
So tell me how many lives you have

Só Hoje – Jota Quest

Just Today – Jota Quest
Today I need to find you somehow
Even if its just to take you home
After an ordinary day
To look into your eyes of easy promises
And to kiss your mouth in a way that makes you laugh

Today I need to hug you
To smell the scent of your clean clothes
So that I can forget my anxieties and sleep in peace
Today I need to hear any word from you
Any exagerated phrase that’ll make me happy
To be alive

Today I need to drink some coffee, to hear you breathing
Telling me I’m the cause of your insomnia
That I always do everything wrong

Today I’m in need of you
In whatever kind of mood, with any kind of smile
Today your presence
Is going to make me happy
Just today 

This is a great song because I’m sure we’ve all felt that right
or wrong, sometimes the presence of someone can make a difference.

Vagalume – Lyrics at your fingertips

Vagalume (Firefly) is a great site for finding Brazilian song lyrics, given that you know at least something about the song you’re searching for. It boasts more than one million lyrics and offers searches based on artista (artist), música (song), trecho (verse or set of words) and one for videos (which I have yet to use). Each song is listed based on how popular its lyrics are, which makes it very easy to find the artists “best” (or rather, most popular) songs.

Apart from its main purpose, it offers news, interviews and a top-ten list of popular lyrics. The search technology allows you to see a drop-down list of artists matching your results. In the ‘Buscar’ field, try typing in ‘Ana Carolina’ for example and as you type it will narrow the search for you. Another great feature is seen when you search for an artist, then when you reach the artist’s page, change the search to songs and a line will appear below asking you to check the box if you want to search for lyrics only by that artist (otherwise you can just click on the drop-down menu that says ‘Escolha a letra’ to find any song of that artist).

Cálice – Humming Against the Dictatorship

Cálice (Chalice) is a song by Chico Buarque and Gilberto Gil, two famous Brazilian singer-songwriters. The song which was written and first sung in 1973 was poetically calling for an end to the Military Dictatorship in Brazil that lasted from 1964-1985. Aside from silencing many voices of the time, it mirrored the brutality of Argentina’s dictatorship, albeit on a slightly smaller scale.

Chico Buarque fled the country from 1969-1970, taking refuge in Italy, where he had lived shortly with his family in the 1950’s. In the video below, Cálice is being sung by Chico and Gil in São Paulo. They were forbidden however from actually singing the “subverse” lyrics, so they did the next best thing and hummed the majority of the song. You can hear the crowd’s reaction whenever the singers dare to recite a line or two. This ultimately results in someone disconnecting Chico’s microphone, to which he is heard protesting towards the end of the song. The second video is the song with its original lyrics, sung by Chico and Milton Nascimento.