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Memoirs of a certain madman from Brazil on ukulele

22 2009

It’s been a while since Ukulele & Languages last visited Latin America so it’s about time to find out what is going on there and share it with you over a few posts.

First stop is Brazil with a ukulele video recently uploaded by Marcelo, a cover of a song called Memórias de um certo Louco. The title meaning “Memoirs of a certain madman” puzzled me so I asked Marcelo, who kindly sent me detailed information about the song as well as its lyrics.

The song is a very obscure song from 1977, written by Tyto Livi. Some have said that the record onto which the song was published was one of the first records to have been published independently in Brazil. Legend has it that Tyto Livi sold his record door to door to make money to pay for his studies. Tyto Livi is from Chapecó, a very small city in the State of  Santa Catarina (state capital : Florianópolis), Brazil.

The lyrics are as crazy as the title implies and I will leave it up to you to try and (Google) translate the song. I will just mention the first verses (I am proud to be a student, I grew up without knowing deodorant) and the last few verses where the author explains how he made money straightening bananas…  so now you are forewarned !

Here are the Brazilian Portuguese lyrics:

Me orgulho de ser estudante
Me criei sem conhecer desodorante
Mas quando faço as minhas manobras duvido
Que as cobras não fujam distantes
Muitas pessoas me chamam de cretino, bebum
Vinagre pra conservar os pepino
Muitas pessoas me chamam de cretino, bebum
Vinagre pra conservar os pepino

Por ser acéfalo tornei-me ictiófago
sou genicófago é o que me dizem
Por um crisólito é que perdi o meu espólio
também o monopólio num contrato de risco
Pra todo mundo canto de coração
Mas deus que me defenda das mulheres com Y
Pra todo mundo canto de coração
Mas deus que me defenda das mulheres com Y

Tenho muito dinheiro na caixa econômica
Sou sociedade anônima multinacional
Sou dólar brasileiro inveja no estrangeiro
Pago dividendo ainda sobra pra gastar
Sempre há alguém que inveja a minha grana
Ganhei muito dinheiro pra endireitar banana
Sempre há alguém que inveja a minha grana
Ganhei muito dinheiro pra endireitar banana

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