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Forums - Music Discussion - A 40-year-old song that's still as relevant as ever

I love to discover new music and new genres, so I thought I would share one of my favourite songs of all time, which most of you probably don't know -- unless you're Brazilian.

It was written by Belchior in 1976, but most famously sung by Elis Regina -- nicknamed "little pepper" for her strong personality and boldness (you might know her from "Águas de Março (Waters of March)". Below is my favourite performance of the song, in which Elis expresses a lot of resentment and frustration, reflecting the song's lyrics.

To fully understand the song, it's vital to know that it was written in the middle of the Brazilian Military Dictatorship (1964-85). It's now over 4 decades old, both Belchior and Elis have passed away but it's still so meaningful and relevant. It made me think a lot about my political stances and who/what I support. I'll put a translation of the song below so maybe you'll be able to reflect a bit too. Might be useful in this rocky political time we're living.


I don't wanna talk, my love
About things I learned on records
I want to tell about how I've lived
And everything that has happened to me

To live is better than to dream
And I know that love is a good thing
But I also know that any chant is smaller
Than the life of any person

So be careful, my love
There's danger around the corner
They won, and the street light is closed for us
Who are young

To hold your brother and kiss your girl on the street
Is why your arm, your lips and your voice were made

You ask me about my passion
I say I'm delighted like a new invention
I'll stay in this city, I won't go back to the country
Because I can smell in the wind the start of a new season
I feel everything in the living wound of my heart

It's been a while, I saw you in the street
Hair flowing in the wind, young people gathered
In the wall of memories
That's the painting that hurts the most

It pains me to realize
That even though we've done everything we did
We're still the same, and we live
We're still the same, and we live
Like our parents

Our idols are still the same
And appearances can't deceive me
You say that after them
No one came

You can even say that I don't know anything
Or that I'm making all of this up
But it's you who loves the past and doesn't see
It's you who loves the past and doesn't see
That the new always comes

Today I know that who gave me the idea
Of new consciousness and youth
Is inside, protected by God
Counting vile metal

It pains me to realize
That even though we've done every single little thing we did
We're still the same, and we live
We're still the same, and we live
We're still the same, and we live
Like our parents


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This is a great song indeed. My mother loves when my niece sings it.

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I can think of alot of older songs that are still very relevant today. Here are two of them:

Dust in the Wind, 43 years old

Hallelujah, one of the most widely covered songs of all time with over 300 different versions. While this version is newer, from 2001, the original is from 1984, now 36 years old.

I don't get it