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ESTRADA BRANCA by Antonio Carlos Jobim, new words by Joel Sattler
by Joel Sattler
Monday, May 03, 2010
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My version is based on a recording by Paula Morelenbaum:


ESTRADA BRANCA by Antonio Carlos Jobim, new words by Joel Sattler


New title: “A Song in Praise of Children”


O twinkle twinkle little star

o how I wonder what you are

Far above the world so high

just like a diamond in the sky


I used to sing this song and smile

when I was just

a little child

as I remember then


The world was far away

you could grow up some other day

And we had fun all of the time

When I was nine


The games of children are for laughter

If no one wins it’s no disaster

And if you lose

You can begin the game again


so its our mission to protect 

Not let the world outside affect

And keep them laughing healthy

happy safe and warm


For them tomorrow is forever

and our history is never

And there is no need to teach them

Of what we fear


I sing a song in praise of children

Children make our lives worth living

And the wonder in their eyes

is like the stars


If we can learn to give love freely

Look in the sky and then we’d all be

so full of wonder

just like children once again







Original lyrics in Portuguese by Vinicius de Moraes



Estrada branca, Lua branca, Noite alta, Tua falta

Caminhando, Caminhando, Caminhando, Ao lado meu


Uma saudade, Uma vontade, Tao doída, De uma vida,

Vida que morreu


Estrada passarada, Noite clara,

Meu caminho é tao sozinho, Tao sozinho, A percorrer


Que mesmo andando para a frente,

Olhando a lua tristemente

Quanto mais ando, Mais estou perto de você


Se em vez de noite fosse dia,

e o sol brilhasse e a poesia

Em vez de triste fosse alegre de partir


Se em vez de eu ver só minha sombra, Nessa estrada

Eu visse aolongo Dessa estrada, uma outra sombra A me seguir


Mas a verdade, É que a cidade,

Ficou longe, ficou longe

Na cidade, Se deixou meu bem-querer


Eu vou sozinho sem carinho,

Vou caminhando meu caminho

Vou caminhando com vontade de morrer



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Reviewed by Georg Mateos
When the moon paints your path in white...the shadows of sorrow don't have a chance.


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