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The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)


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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.)


The Land in Rut
(Song: the miracle of abundant bread resulting from the cultivation of the land. The caress of the land.)

Thresh the wheat
Gather every grain
Mould the miracle of bread from wheat and feel bread-full
Cut the cane
Gather cane-juice
Steal the honey-sweetness, honey-smear yourself
Fondle the land
Know the land’s desires
Land in rut, season ripe, seed the soil

1 Editor’s note: 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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