The log of one man's quest for wind and sunshine

Vai Trabalhar Vagabundo!

This song has been the theme song of sorts for my stay in Brazil, so I thought it worthy of capturing on the blog.  It’s actually a song from the seventies, but was somehow on a Brazilian music CD I bought back in the States.  I never could make out the lyrics until they were written for me by Luciana (muito obrigado!).  All the Brazilians I’ve had listen to it think it’s cool, but they don’t know it  (because it’s kind of old I guess).


I was in a Samba circle

when the police came

Go to work bum!

the chief of police said

[[sent me away, sent you away

sent me away and sent you away]]2x

The chief does not understand

that Samba formed the nation

a poet can’t live without Samba

and Samba can’t live without the poet, no

He Sambas

He Sambas

Of course, things don’t translate all that well.  Marlene tells me “Ele guenta” means “he sambas without repose”, but I can’t think of a way to translate that.  The instrument heard with the woowoo sound (sort of like a mooing cow) is the cuíca often used in Samba and other Brazilian music.

Crank it and start shuffling your feet!

5 responses

  1. Marshall Davidson

    Looks like you are still having fun. I just got back from a transatlantic cruise. It was nice being on the ocean for 8 days.

    Where can we hear the song you are talking about.

    Stay safe. Good travels.


    June 10, 2010 at 2:38 pm

  2. Marshall Davidson

    Never mind.

    After I posted my comment the player came up and I could play it.

    June 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

  3. That sounds like a relaxing time….to hear the song, just click on the youtube link (it’s not a video really, just the music)

    June 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

  4. ah! No worries. Enjoy…

    June 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

  5. Holden

    We’ll add it into Friday’s rotation in your honor!

    Thanks for posting. Fun chill tune!

    June 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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