• 1.
    Loucura
    3:28
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    Loucura

    (Júlio Campos Sousa / Frederico de Brito)

    I was made for song (fado*),
    How do I know I live a poem sung
    From a ballad that I wrote

    To speak of it,
    I cannot do
    But let my soul sing out
    And souls know how to hear me

    Cry out, cry out
    Poets of my country
    Trunks of the same root
    Of life that does unite us

    And as for all of you
    If you were not beside me
    There would be no song (fado)
    Nor singers (fadistas) such as I

    That my voice
    Is so mournful
    Is the fault of all of you
    The poets in my life

    It's madness
    I have heard it said
    But blessed is the madness
    To sing and to live


    * Fado (Ballad) is a popular Portuguese 
       song or melody, usually plaintive.

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  • 2.
    Chuva
    4:04
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    Chuva

    (Jorge Fernando)

    Things that are ugly in life
    Leave us with no longings,
    It's only memories
    That make us cry or smile.

    There are people who remain a part of us
    And become part of our own story
    While there are others
    Whose names we hardly remember.

    It's feelings which give life
    To this nostalgia I carry
    Of the many I held close
    And then somehow lost.

    The rain wets my body
    So cold and so tired
    The many streets in the city
    Each one I have wandered
    With the tears of a lost child
    Echoed back from the city,
    The fire of love quickly put out
    In the rain.

    The rain listened and whispered
    My secret to the city
    And now when it taps on my window
    It still brings that sad nostalgia

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  • 3.
    É ou não é
    2:12
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    É ou não é

    (Alberto Janes)

     

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  • 4.
    Maria Lisboa
    2:42
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    Maria Lisboa

    (David Mourão Ferreira / Alain Oulman)

    A fisherman's wife, she wears slippers
    And moves like a cat
    With her basket, to the caravel,
    But in her heart, to the frigate...

    Instead of ravens on her veil
    Seagulls come to rest...
    When the wind invites her to dance
    She dances the waltz of the sea...

    Her dress is made of sea shells,
    She has seaweed in her hair,
    And in her veins still throbs
    The engine of the trawler...

    She sells dreams and salt sea spray
    Storms cry out her name...
    Her real name is Maria...
    But she is known as Lisboa...

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  • 5.
    Menino Do Bairro Negro
    2:54
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    Menino Do Bairro Negro

    (José Afonso)

    Look at the rising sun,
    Come and see the sea,
    The little boys are running
    To watch the arrival of the sun
     
    Little boy without standing
    Brother of all the naked
    Raise your eyes
    Come see the light
     
    Poorly dressed little boy
    A new day is coming
    Only the ones that can sing
    Will also come
     
    Black,
    Black Quarter,
    Black Quarter
    Where there is no bread
    There is no peace
     
    Poor little boy in your home
    Despite of the bogey man 
    One day this song
    Will be sung
     
    Look at the rising sun
     
    If it is pleasant to sing
    If all the earth smiles
    Who will not love you
    Little boy?
     
    If the reason is not fury
    If it is everybody's will to be
    One day you will learn
    Whatever will happen
     
    Black, black quarter
    Black quarter
    Where there is no bread
    There is no peace
     
    Poor little boy in your home
    Despite of the bogey man 
    One day this song
    Will be sung
     
    Look at the rising sun
    Come and see the sea

  • 5. Menino Do Bairro Negro

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  • 6.
    Há Palavras Que Nos Beijam
    2:52
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    Há Palavras Que Nos Beijam

    (Alexandre O'Neil / Mário Pacheco)

    There are words that kiss us
    As if they had mouths.
    Words of love, of hope,
    Of boundless love, of crazed hope.

    Naked words that you kiss
    When the night loses its face;
    Words that are refused 
    At the walls of your sorrow.

    Of a sudden coloured
    Amongst words with no colour
    Unexpected expectations
    Like poetry or love.

    (The name of the beloved
    Revealed letter by letter
    On the distracted marble 
    On the abandoned paper) 

    Words which transport us
    To where the night is densest
    To the silence of lovers
    Entwined against death.

  • 6. Há Palavras Que Nos Beijam

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  • 7.
    O Tempo Não Pára
    3:59
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    O Tempo Não Pára

    (Miguel Gameiro / Tiago Machado)

     

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  • 8.
    Rosa Branca
    2:46
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    Rosa Branca

    (José de Jesus Guimarães / Resende Dias)

    With a rose at my breast on the dance-floor
    I danced with whoever was there
    I danced so much
    That the rose fell to pieces

    Whoever has, whoever has
    The gift of love
    Picks the white rose
    Puts it at their breast

    Oh rose bush, little rose
    Rose bush in my garden
    If you love roses so much
    Why don't you love me?

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  • 9.
    Primavera
    4:42
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    Primavera

    (David Mourão Ferreira / Pedro Rodrigues)

    All the love that seized us
    As if made of wax it was
    Was broken and undone
    Ah, fatal spring
    How I wish, how we wish
    To have died that day
     
    And condemned I was                
    To have weeping living with me
    To live, to live and without you
    Living and not, however,
    Forgetting that enchantment
    That I lost in that day
     
    The dry bread of solitude
    It's the only thing we get
    The only thing to be fed on
    What matters if the heart
    Says yes or says no
    If it keeps on living
     
    All the love that seized us
    Was broken, was undone
    In fear was converted
    Let no one speak of spring
    How I wish, how we wish
    To have died that day.

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  • 10.
    Barco Negro
    4:00
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    Barco Negro

    (David Mourão Ferreira / Caco Velho-Parantini)

    At daybreak, what fear
    That you would find me ugly!
    I awoke, trembling
    Still lying in the sand...
    But soon your eyes
    Tell me it is not so
    And the sun penetrates
    My heart

    Later, I saw a cross on a rock
    And your dark boat
    Dancing in the light...
    I saw your arms waving
    Between the billowing sails...
    On the beach the old women say you 
    will never return 
    They're crazy! They're crazy!
    I know my love:
    You have never ever left
    Everything around says that
    You will always be with me.

    In the wind that blows 
    Sand against the windows;
    In the water that sings;
    In the fire's dying embers;
    In the warmth of the bed;
    On the empty benches;
    Deep in my heart
    You will always be with me.

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  • 11.
    Meu Fado Meu
    3:26
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    Meu Fado Meu

    (Paulo de Carvalho)

    I bring a Fado into my song
    I sing the night until it turns to day
    I bring my people's tears
    Into my song Mouraria

    I have a yearning for myself
    For my most beloved of loves
    I sing of a land without end
    The sea, the earth, my Fado

    My own fado
    About me I miss only myself
    Mistress of my life
    About the dream, I say it is mine
    And find myself born already

    I bring a Fado into my song
    It comes shielded in my soul
    It comes from inside my own wonder 
    In search of my Fado

  • 11. Meu Fado Meu

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  • 12.
    Medo
    3:10
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    Medo

    (Reinaldo Ferreira / Alain Oulman)

    Whoever spends the night with me
    Is my secret
    But if people insist, I'll tell them, 
    It's fear that lives with me,
    Nothing but fear, nothing but fear

    And soon because I am cradled
    In the to and fro of solitude
    It speaks in the silence,
    Like the cracking of furniture
    And  troubles our reason

    Shouting out: who can save me
    From what is inside me
    I'd even like to kill myself,
    But I know that will have to wait
    At the foot of the final bridge

  • 12. Medo

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  • 13.
    Promete, Jura - Fado Sérgio
    3:53
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    Promete, Jura - Fado Sérgio

    (Maria João Dâmaso / Sérgio Dâmaso)

    You’re thinking of me, promise, swear
    If like me you feel in the sobbing of the wind
    Truths more certain, more impure
    That our lips have to tell

    If you feel the trembling rain out there
    As the unleashing of an adventure
    That may or may not endure for life
    Say you feel like me, promise, swear

    If you feel this fire that burns you
    If you feel my body storming
    Fight for me my love, risk, fear
    Embrace this desire that invades me

    If you feel my love, that what I have not said
    Is, above all, more than what you said
    And in not one line of which I felt anything
    Of what I gave to you and you to me

  • 13. Promete, Jura - Fado Sérgio

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  • 14.
    Feira De Castro
    2:33
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    Feira De Castro

    (Paulo Abreu Lima / Rui Veloso)

    I went to the fair at Castro 
    To buy a pair of stockings
    I came out with a pair of clogs
    And two rings in my ears

    My beautiful wooden shoes 
    Required formal attire
    Low necked and short dress
    Due to this heath

    Who goes to fair at Castro 
    And so beautifully attired
    Cannot finish the fun
    Without a bit of dancing

    Without a bit of dancing 
    More like a sort of a ball
    I am almost fainted 
    In the arms of a certain trickster

    Going up, going down
    One more kiss, one more pint
    Out went the wig
    Bold the old man became 

    Any cover asks for a pot
    But as a souvenir
    I only brought the wig
    That deluded my heart 

    I went to the fair of Castro 
    A came from the fair at Castro  
    And swore never more

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  • 15.
    Há Uma Música Do Povo
    3:10
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    Há Uma Música Do Povo

    (Fernando Pessoa / Mário Pacheco)

    There's a song of the people,
    I don't know whether to call it a Fado
    Hearing it there is a new rhythm
    In the being which I have sheltered

    Hearing it I am who I would be
    If I could be what I wish     
    It is a simple melody
    Like those that teach you to live

    But it's so soothing
    This vague sad song?
    That my soul no longer weeps
    Nor do I have a heart

    I am a foreign emotion
    An error of a dream that's gone.
    Somehow I sing 
    And end up with a feeling!

  • 15. Há Uma Música Do Povo

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  • 16.
    Recusa
    2:16
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    Recusa

    [Mário Rainho / José Magala (fado Magala)]

    If to be a singer of fado is to be the moon
    To lose sight of the sun
    To turn oneself into a statue
    Then I'm not a singer of fado

    If to be a singer of fado is to be sad
    To be on the edge of tears
    If the fado exists for pain and hurt
    Then I'm not a singer of fado

    If to be a singer of fado is
    In the end, a term of scorn
    Skimming over the mouths of the world
    Then I'm not a singer of fado

    But if it's to set off on the conquest
    Of so much disregarded verse
    Then I'm not a singer of fado
    But the very fado itself!

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  • 17.
    Cavaleiro Monge
    3:40
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    Cavaleiro Monge

    (Fernando Pessoa / Mário Pacheco)

    From the valley to the mountain,
    From the mountain to the hill,
    Horse of shadow,  monk rider.
    Through houses, through meadows,
    Through gardens, through fountains,
    In alliance you walk.
     
    From the valley to the mountain,
    From the mountain to the hill,
    Horse of shadow, monk rider.
    Through black cliffs,
    Behind and ahead,
    In secrecy you walk.
     
    From the valley to the mountain,
    From the mountain to the hill,
    Horse of shadow, monk rider.
    Through desert meadows,
    Without horizons,
    In freedom you walk.
     
    From the valley to the mountain,
    From the mountain to the hill,
    Horse of shadow, monk rider.
    Through trackless ways,
    Through rivers without bridges,
    In solitude you walk.
     
    From the valley to the mountain,
    From the mountain to the hill,
    Horse of shadow, monk rider.
    For it is endless
    And accounted by no one,
    In me you walk.
     
    Through black cliffs,
    Through rivers without bridges,
    In me you walk.

  • 17. Cavaleiro Monge

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  • 18.
    Oiça Lá Ó Senhor Vinho
    2:58
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    Oiça Lá Ó Senhor Vinho

    (Alberto Janes)

    Listen here, Mr. Wine
    Tell me now, quite frankly
    Why do you take all steadiness 
    From those you meet in your path?

    Just one small glass too much
    And even the mildest of men
    Become deranged on friend wine
    Rewarded by walking on all fours.

    It's a dirty trick, but there's a purpose
    In all that you do
    One becomes unbalanced
    With no equilibrium to be found.

    The laws of physics fail
    And the vertical, all around
    Sways - you can't help it -
    And you are no longer upright.

    I was once the keeper of wine
    The lonely leaf playing in the wind
    I was the sunbeam on the earth
    Caressing the sweet grape
    I still hold the warmth of the sun
    And thus even life I give
    Enriching it's quality for everyone
    In number, weight and size.

    I only harm those
    Who think I am nothing, who belittle me
    And who treat me like water -
    For this they pay, that's how I am
    Your Grace, you are right
    It's so ungrateful to speak badly of wine
    And to prove to you what I say
    Come my friend, let's have another glass!

  • 18. Oiça Lá Ó Senhor Vinho

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  • 19.
    Ó Gente Da Minha Terra
    4:02
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    Ó Gente Da Minha Terra

    (Amália Rodrigues / Tiago Machado)

    Oh people of my land
    It's only now that I perceive
    This sadness which I carry
    Was from you received

    This ballad is both yours and mine
    United by our destiny
    No matter how much is denied
    By the strings of a guitar

    Whenever we hear a lament
    Of a guitar playing
    We are soon filled
    With a longing to weep

    It would seem a kindness
    If I were able to soothe it
    And by releasing the sorrow
    Make my song less melancholy

  • 19. Ó Gente Da Minha Terra

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  • 20.
    Smile
    3:44
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  • 21.
    Pequenas Verdades
    3:07
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    Pequenas Verdades

    (Javier Límon)

    In my watery desert
    There wasn't even enough light for a look
    I had to steal the moon
    To light you up

    When I lit up your face
    Day dawned in my body
    While I lit you up
    My soul was born anew

    It's the little truths
    The ones that show me the way
    Truths that are as white
    As the morning
    That opens the window of our destiny
    Like your look
    When you look at me
    Like your memory
    When you are gone

    It's true that the air's shade burns me
    And it's true that without you I'd die of sorrow
    Yes it's true that without you I'd die of sorrow

    Mysterious was your mouth
    Mysterious my lament
    But I know not if our Springtime love
    Was a lie or a passion that was true

    When loneliness returns
    Blind of love I will be till death
    Truths only exist in the nooks of the mind
    Those little truths that show me the way

  • 21. Pequenas Verdades

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  • 22.
    Meu Fado Meu
    4:12
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    Meu Fado Meu

    (Paulo de Carvalho)

    I bring a Fado into my song
    I sing the night until it turns to day
    I bring my people's tears
    Into my song Mouraria

    I have a yearning for myself
    For my most beloved of loves
    I sing of a land without end
    The sea, the earth, my Fado

    My own fado
    About me I miss only myself
    Mistress of my life
    About the dream, I say it is mine
    And find myself born already

    I bring a Fado into my song
    It comes shielded in my soul
    It comes from inside my own wonder 
    In search of my Fado

  • 22. Meu Fado Meu

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  • 23.
    Hay Una Música Del Pueblo (feat. José Mercé)
    3:27
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    Hay Una Música Del Pueblo (feat. José Mercé)

    (Fernando Pessoa / Mário Pacheco)

    There's a song of the people,
    I don't know whether to call it a Fado
    Hearing it there is a new rhythm
    In the being which I have sheltered

    Hearing it I am who I would be
    If I could be what I wish     
    It is a simple melody
    Like those that teach you to live

    But it's so soothing
    This vague sad song?
    That my soul no longer weeps
    Nor do I have a heart

    I am a foreign emotion
    An error of a dream that's gone.
    Somehow I sing 
    And end up with a feeling!

  • 23. Hay Una Música Del Pueblo (feat. José Mercé)

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