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Ouvi Falar

Capoeira Song of the Week:  Ouvi Falar


Capoeira Song of the Week: Ouvi Falar

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Ouvi Falar

Mestre Acordeon and Contramestre Cravo  

Escutei alguem falar que jogava capoeira 

Eh-skooh-TEY aw-GHEHNH fah-LAHRH keeh zhoh-GAH-vah kah-pooh-EY-rah

I listened to someone say that they played capoeira


Era forte. Era valente.   Não era de brincadeira.

 EH-rah FOHRH-teeh  EH-rah vah-LEHNH-teeh  nownh EH-rah deeh breehnh-kah-DEY-rah

They were strong, They were brave.  It wasn't a kid's game.


De verdade meu amigo, capoeira é uma arte 

 Deeh vehrh-DAH-deeh meh/ooh ah-MEEH-gooh, kah-pooh-EY-rah eh/ah OOH-mah AHRH-teeh

In reality my friend, capoeira is an art


Pra se jogar com emoção. 

Prah seeh zhoh-GAHRH kohnh eh-moh-SOWNH

That is played with emotion


Tem que ser forte e valente, mas tambem saber jogar com a mente 

Tehnh keeh sehrh FOHRH-teeh eeh vah-LEHNH-teeh, mayez tahnh-BEHNH sah-BEHRH zhoh-GAHRH kohnh ah MEHNH-teeh

You have to be strong and brave, but you also need to know play with your mind


E com amor no coração 

 Eeh kohnh ah-MOHRH nooh koh-rah-SOWNH

And with emotion in your heart


Ê ê viva meu Deus 

 Eh eh VEEH-vah meh/ooh deh/oohs

Eh eh long live God


Ê ê viva meu mestre 

Eh eh VEEH-vah meh/ooh MEHS-treeh

Eh eh long live my teacher


Ai ai ouvi falar, ouvi falar, ouvi falar 

 aye aye oh-VEEH fah-LAHRH, oh-VEEH fah-LAHRH, oh-VEEH fah-LAHRH

ai ai I heard, I heard, I heard



Ai ai ouvi falar 

 Aye aye oh-VEEH fah-LAHRH

Ai ai I heard

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