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From Carolina Soares album "Música de Capoeira"...

UM DIA NA SENZALA


Quem já foi na Senzala um dia

Cane zhah foy nah sen-ZAH-lah oonh DEE-ah

Who already went to the senzala for a day

Sabe me dizer como é

SAH-bee mee dee-ZERH KOH-moo  eh

Knows to tell me how it is

Moendo cana ê - Socando pilão

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)


coro: Moendo cana ê - Socando pilão

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)



Negro era escravizado

NEH-groo EH-rah es-krah-vee-SAH-dooh

The black man was enslaved

Sobre o olho do capitão

SOH-bree ooh OH-lyooh dooh kah-pii-TOWNH

On the eye of the captain (this is literal... we would say,"Under the watchful eye of the master/slavemaster")

De dia trabalhava

Deeh DEEH-ah trah-bah-LYAH-vah

By day he worked

Descalco com os pés no chão

dehs-KOW-sooh conh oos pehs noo shauwnh

Barefoot with their feet on the floor/ground

Moendo cana ê - Socando pilão

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)

coro: Moendo cana ê - Socando pilão

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)

 


Negro sofría na senzala

NEH-groo soh-FREE-ah nah sen-ZAH-lah

The black man suffered on the senzala

Na vista do coronel

nah VEES-tah dooh koh-roh-NEhOOH

In sight of the coronel

Onde olhava da sacada

OHN-dee oh-LYAH-vah dah sah-KAH-dah

Where he watched from the balcony/porch

Como um raio vem do ceu

KOH-mooh oonh HI-ooh vein dooh sehoo

Like a ray coming from the sky

Moendo cana ê - Socando pilão

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)

coro: Moendo cana ê - Socando pilão

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)


Mas que vida era aquela

Mighz key VEE-dah EH-rah ah-KEH-lah

But what life was that

Hoje já não existe mais

OH-zheeh zhah nowhn eh-ZIHS-tee mighz

That no longer exists today

Como era ruim ficar

KOH-mooh EH-rah hoo-EENH

How awful it was to stay

Na mira de um capataz

Nah MEE-rah dee oonh kah-pah-TIES

on the watch of the foreman/overseer

Moendo cana ê - Socando pilão

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)


Moendo cana ê - Socando pilao

Moo-EHN-dooh KAH-nah eh - soh-CAHN-dooh pii-LOWNH

Crushing sugar cane - pounding the pestle (as in mortar and pestle)

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