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Capoeira Song of the Week: São Bento Me Chama, São Bento Me Quer

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Capoeira Song of the Week: São Bento Me Chama, São Bento Me Quer

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The lyrics in Portuguese are in bold

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.

 

São Bento Me Chama, São Bento Me Quer

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… São Bento me quer

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh kehrh

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… Capoeira me quer

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oh... Capoeira wants me

 

(coro/chorus)

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… São Bento me quer

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh kehrh

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… Capoeira me quer

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oh... Capoeira wants me

 

 

Berimbau, reco reco

Beeh-reehnh-BOW, HEH-kooh HEH-kooh

Berimbau, reco reco

Pandeiro, atabaque, agogô

Pahn-DEY-rooh, ah-tah-BAH-keeh, ah-goh-GOH

Pandeiro atabaque agogô

Caxixí chiando mansinho

Kah-sheeh-SHEEH sheeh-AHN-dooh mahn-SEEHNH-yooh

Caxixi hissing softly

Capoeira me chama que eu vou

Kah-pooh-EY-rah meeh SHAH-mah keeh eh/ooh voh

Capoeira calls me that I go

Me chama..

Meeh SHAH-mah

He calls me

 

(coro/chorus)

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… São Bento me quer

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh kehrh

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… Capoeira me quer

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oh... Capoeira wants me

 

Capoeira é pra homem

Kah-pooh-EY-rah eh/ah prah OH-mehnh

Capoeira is for man

Pra menino e pra mulher

Prah meh-NEEHNH-nooh eeh prah mooh-LYEHRH

For kid and women

Capoeira é pra todo mundo

Kah-pooh-EY-rah eh/ah prah TOH-dooh MOOHN-dooh

Capoeira is to everyone

Mas nem todo mundo a capoeira quer

mahs nehnh TOH-dooh MOOHN-dooh ah kah-pooh-EY-rah kehrh

But not everyone capoeira wants

 

(coro/chorus)

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… São Bento me quer

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh kehrh

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… Capoeira me quer

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oh... Capoeira wants me

 

Capoeira é luta nossa

Kah-pooh-EY-rah eh/ah LOOH-tah NOH-sah

Capoeira is our fight

É cultura popular

Eh/ah koohl-TOOH-rah poh-pooh-LAHRH

It is a popular culture

É herança dos escravos

Eh/ah eh-RAHN-sah doos ehs-KRAH-voos

It is an inheritance of the slaves

É um geito de se mandingar

Eh/ah oohnh ZHEY-tooh deeh seeh mahn-deehnh-GAHRH

It is a way to mandinga

 

(coro/chorus)

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… São Bento me quer

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh kehrh

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oô… São Bento me chama

Oh Sownh BEHNH-tooh meeh SHAH-mah

Oh... Sao Bento calls me

Oô… Capoeira me quer

Oh... Sao Bento wants me

Oh... Capoeira wants me

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