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Studies, statements & references -> Statements by Intellectuals and Artists 13 resources (Compiled by Else R P Vieira. Translation © Bernard McGuirk.)

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Chico Buarque de Hollanda
(Composer, singer and writer. Unbroken career of success for over three decades. An exponent of the politically-committed strain of Brazilian Popular Music. Translated by Bernard McGuirk.)


Fantasy Song
(Hope, working with the land, pleasure, grace and happiness only exist as fantasy.)

And if all of a sudden we shed the pain we feign and feel
If all of a sudden we fled the iron rod of fear
For the sound of song, then Iíd invite you in
To the fantasy of my guitar
Sing, sing, a song of hope
Sing, bring joy, sing on
Uplifting night, unveiling day, night and day, night and day
Sing the song of man, sing the song of life, sing on
Tilling land, spilling wine, sing song song sing
Sing the song of desire, sing the song of delight, sing on
Stirring colours, streets bedecked, song sing sing song
Sing the song of glory
Sing the sacred melody, sing on
Uplifting night, unveiling day, night and day, night and day

1 The song translated here, with the author's permission, was recorded by Chico to accompany the exhibition Terra, by Sebastião Salgado.


November 2002

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