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The phonetic spelling for pronunciation is in italics with the STRESSED SYLLABLES IN ALL CAPITALS with syllables se-pa-ra-ted by dash-es

The English translation is in regular text

 

From Mestre Acordeon's new album.  Thanks Telefone!

 

Eu vi la


Foi um dia lá na beira da praia

Foy oonh DEE-ah lah nah BEY-rah dah PRY-yah

It was a day at the beach


Que eu vi um capoeira chorar

Keeh ehoo vee oonh kah-pooh-EY-rah shoh-RARH

I saw a capoeira(-ista) cry  


Saiu da roda com beiço machucado

Sy-YOOH dah HOH-dah cohnh BEY-sooh mah-shooh-KAH-dooh

He left the roda with a hurt lip  


Falando baixinho que não ia voltar

Fah-LAHN-dooh by-SHEEN-yooh kee nownh EEH-ah vohl-TARH

Whispering he would not be back  


Ele era um capoeira valente

IH-leeh EH-ra oonh kah-pooh-EY-rah vah-LEN-chee

He was a brave capoeira(-ista)  


Cabra da peste conhecido por la

KAH-brah dah pehst cohn-yeh-SEEH-dooh porh lah

*Goat plague* known for it                      * This is the literal translation.  It's means bad ass. *  


Muito sabido tinha até dente de ouro

MOOY-tooh sah-BEEH-dooh TEENH-yah ah-TEH DEHN-chee deeh OH-rooh

Very well known he even had a gold tooth 


Mas vacilou no balanço do mar

Mahs vah-seeh-LOH nooh bah-LAHN-soo doo marh

But he faltered in the balance of the sea
 


 

Eu vi, eu vi, eu vi la

Ehoo vee, ehoo vee, ehoo vee lah

I saw, I saw, I saw it


Um capoeira nas ondas do mar

Oonh kah-pooh-EY-rah nahs OHN-das dooh marh

A capoeira(-ista) on the ocean waves 


Eu vi, eu vi, eu vi la

Ehoo vee, ehoo vee, ehoo vee lah

I saw, I saw, I saw it


Um capoeira se afogando no mar

Oonh kah-pooh-EY-rah see ah-foh-GAHN-dooh noo marh

A capoeira(-ista) drowning in the sea 

  


Cabra valente se você já está nervoso

KAH-brah vah-LEHN-chee seeh voh-SAY zhah ehs-TAH nerh-VOH-zooh

*Brave goat* if you're already nervous      * This is reference to the above. *  


Toma conta do seu rege

TOH-mah KOHN-tah dooh sehoo HEH-gee

Take care of of your business


Veja bem o meu cantar

VEH-zhah behnh ooh mehoo kahn-TARH

Pay attention to see my singing  


Esse é meu jogo

EHS-seeh eh/ah mehoo ZHOH-gooh

This is my game  


É manhoso e vistoso

Eh/ah mahn-YOH-zooh eeh vees-TOH-zooh

It's slick and showy 


Quem não pode com mandinga

kaynh nownh PAW-jeeh cohnh mahn-JEENG-gah

Those who cannot with mandinga


É capaz escorregar

Eh/ah kah-PIEZ ehs-koh-heh-GARH

Can slip


Não me confunda cu com bunda

Nownh meeh kohn-FOON-dah koh cohnh BOOHN-dah

Do not confuse my butt with my ass


Nem o 'b' com o 'c', ou 'a'

Neyhnh ooh bay cohnh ooh say oh ah

Nor 'b' with 'c', or 'a'


Lugar de gente que se assunta em na terra

Looh-GARH deeh ZHEN-chee keeh seeh ah-SOON-tah ehnh nah TEH-hah

The place for people is on land


Mas é um peixe que vive no mar

Myz eh/ah oonh PEY-sheeh keeh VEEH-veeh  nooh marh

But it's a fish that lives in the sea


Lugar de gente que se assunta em na terra

Looh-GARH deeh ZHEN-chee keeh seeh ah-SOON-tah ehnh nah TEH-hah

The place for people is on land


Mas é um peixe que vive no mar

Myz eh/ah oonh PEY-sheeh keeh VEEH-veeh  nooh marh

But it's a fish that lives in the sea

 

 

Eu vi, eu vi, eu vi la

Ehoo vee, ehoo vee, ehoo vee lah

I saw, I saw, I saw it


Um capoeira nas ondas do mar

Oonh kah-pooh-EY-rah nahs OHN-das dooh marh

A capoeira(-ista) on the ocean waves


Eu vi, eu vi, eu vi la

Ehoo vee, ehoo vee, ehoo vee lah

I saw, I saw, I saw it


Um capoeira se afogando no mar

Oonh kah-pooh-EY-rah see ah-foh-GAHN-dooh noo marh

A capoeira(-ista) drowning in the sea

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