• 1.
    O Silêncio Da Guitarra
    2:51
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    O Silêncio Da Guitarra

    [José Luis Gordo / Zé Negro (Fado tradicional)]

    The silence of the guitar
    That clings to my soul
    Like fire it was
    And lasts in my bosom
    For the happiness also weeps
    And washes away the grief
     
    This silence of the Tejo
    Without a mouth for a kiss
    Neither eyes to weep
    Seagull caught in the wind
    A ship of suffering
    Always returning back.
     
    Lisboa harbour of the "saudade"*
    Where a guitar shall play
    To us a sad fado
    When the soul becomes immense
    The sadness also sings
    In an almost still weeping.
     
    * "saudade" - untranslatable word meaning a Portuguese 
    state of mind that longs for the times, places and things of 
    the past in a most nostalgic way.

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  • 2.
    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.

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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    Vielas De Alfama
    4:01
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    Vielas De Alfama

    (Maximiano de Sousa / Artur Ribeiro)

    Dead hours dark night
    A guitar playing
    A woman singing
    Her fado of bitterness
    And through the window
    Blackened and broken
    That hurt voice
    Saddens who passes by
     
    Alfama alleys
    Streets of old Lisboa
    Every fado tells
    Things of your past
    Alfama alleys
    Kissed by the moonlight
    How I wish to live there
    To live close to the fado
     
    Sometimes the moon appears
    And catches unawares
    Two mouths joined together
    Through a slightly open door
    And then the blushing moon
    Aware of its guilt
    As one asking for forgiveness
    Ashamed hides itself
     
    Alfama alleys
    Kissed by the moonlight
    How I wish to live there
    To live close to the fado

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  • 5.
    Retrato
    4:01
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    Retrato

    (Eugénio de Andrade / Tiago Machado)

    The dawn in your face begins
    Light that opens
    From rose to rose
    Transparent and wet
     
    Melody
    Distant but safe;
    Springing from the earth,
    Hot, round and ripe
     
    Immense sea
    Desert beach, horizontal and calm
    Rustical flavour
    Face of my soul.

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  • 6.
    Fado Curvo
    2:53
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    Fado Curvo

    (Carlos Maria Trindade)

    In the temple that only belongs to the fado
    the soul is like a garden
    where the flowers dance sideways
    in the endless wind
     
    Will they stand poor little things
    the furies of nature?
    The passion is neither a straight line
    nor the fado is certitude
     
    The fado is like a game
    Made up by God inspired
    if He placed us in this life
    it was to play the fado
     
    At the table of the feelings
    the heart is a dice
    that rolls with the guitars
    and the number that comes up is the fado
     
    The one, the two and the three
    are faces of the same truth.
    The four and the five already are
    the game of happiness
     
    The number six is "saudade"
    in its behalf I sing
    The doors of my soul are open
    and now look at how it dances

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  • 7.
    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

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  • 8.
    Caravelas
    5:04
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    Caravelas

    (Florbela Espanca / Tiago Machado)

    I reached half of my life already tired 
    Of walking so much! I'm already lost!
    From a strange country that I never saw
    I am exile into this big world
     
    So much I have learned and nothing I know
    And the ivory towers I have built
     
    In tragic madness I have destroyed
    By my own ill-fated hands!
     
    I have always been like a dead sea
    A sea without tides, without waves or harbour
    Where the sails of dreams were torn apart!
     
    Dancing golden caravels...
    How I long for the ones I have launch into the sea!
    The ones I have launch into life and never came back!...

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  • 9.
    Entre O Rio E A Razão
    1:58
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    Entre O Rio E A Razão

    (Gil do Carmo / Fernando Araújo)

    Eh, Lisboa of my song
    I sense your nearness
    In an enchantment hand in hand
    In Lisboa, in my heart
    I sense your nearness
    Between the river and the reason
     
    Well, in a hurried step the future
    In a turmoil which was said
    And will be said
    Generation of written words
    In a madness that the Tejo will keep
     
    Who will say which is right or wrong
    In the emotion of the discovery from your surface*
    So much water flows through your bed
    To carry you for ever in my bosom
    To carry you for ever in my bosom
    To carry you, oh Lisboa, in my bosom!

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  • 10.
    O Deserto
    5:35
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    O Deserto

    (Carlos Maria Trindade)

    Desert
    Empire of the sun
    So near
    Empire of the sun
    A test
    To solitude
    Blind mirage
    Great reflection of light
    Free prison
    Without a single breeze
     
    Such a grand sea
    Of quiet waves
    Such a grand seashore
    Of veiled shapes
    Victory of the space
    Immensity
    Escape point
    Amplification
    Free prison
    Savage lodger
    Savage lodger
     
    At the desert
    I hear the bottom of the soul
    And, if the sand is quiet,
    The beat of the heart
     
    Such a big desert
    So suddenly
    Makes me think
    That I am the desert
    If you don't come for me.

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  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    Anéis Do Meu Cabelo
    1:54
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    Anéis Do Meu Cabelo

    (António Botto / Tiago Machado)

    If by the church you would walk
    At the day of my burial
    Tell the earth not to eat
    The curls of my hair
     
    I wouldn't expect you to come
    And cover my face with roses
    Or in weeping tell
    To anyone of your distress
     
    Nor should I expect you to kiss
    My lean and beautiful body
    But instead would keep forever
    The curls of my hair

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