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  • Saltar de Alegria
    (lyrics to an imaginary Caetano Veloso song translated from the Portuguese by Shane Convery)


    Starting with the leg of a chair
    It curls and turns
    Starting with a mountain trail
    It winds and climbs.

    Memory is spinning
    On heels of samba
    Oh magical rump!
    Oh beautiful loud brass!

    All eyes follow
    an imaginary bird
    Tracing its colorful flight
    until - like steam -
    it disappears.

    “Go to the mountain
    Jump the sky,
    Jump!”

    Starting with your sighs
    they grow and riot
    Starting with your tears
    they understand

    Arms waving
    are flowers
    Fingers snapping
    petals in wind.

    Tonight, where dance
    is the map
    Where music's the path
    Let’s climb higher
    And higher still.

    “go to the mountain
    Jump the sky,
    Jump!”

    The parties fade,
    their buzzing lights
    happily blink to sleep
    Ah, the snores of woodwinds
    and strings!

    Still, I am crazy
    For the blaze
    And bright
    Of your heart.

    Sweat and lubricant
    Let us entwine
    What is lost?
    Nothing, only pain.

    “go to the mountain
    Jump the sky,
    Jump!”






    [photo by Shane Convery]
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