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E Depois do Adeus

I mentioned Eurovision a couple of days ago and it reminded me of this song, e Depois do Adeus by Paulo de Carvalho, which has to be a strong candidate for the Eurovision entry that had the most impact in the real world. As you can see, it’s straight out of the seventies, with the sideburns and the big collar, and it’s hard to imagine anything more Conservative sounding (although this guy, for example, thinks there is a social criticism buried in the poetry of the lyrics)

So how did it come to have an impact? In a way, it was catapulted to a place in history by its very conservatism. It was the Portuguese entry in the 6th of April 1974 in Brighton. It was pretty popular and wasn’t banned, so it was used as a signal on the 25th of April 1974 at 10.55, for the troops involved in the Movimento das Forças Armadas to get ready, armed and at their post. Nobody listening, who wasn’t in on the plot, would have thought it a strange choice, so if the leadership had had to back out at the last minute there would have been no suspicions aroused. Later the same evening, when it was decided that everything was in place and the plan could go ahead, a second song was played, namely Grândola, Vila Morena, which was a revolutionary song by Jose Afonso, that had been banned by the Novo Estado since its release in 1971. Once that was transmitted by Radio Renascença, everyone knew shit had got real. The convoy left their barracks and there was no turning back.

Here are the lyrics.

Quis saber quem sou /I wanted to know who I am
O que faço aqui /What I’m doing here
Quem me abandonou /Who abandoned ne
De quem me esqueci /Who I had forgotten
Perguntei por mim /I asked for myself
Quis saber de nós /I wanted to know about us
Mas o mar /But the sea
Não me traz /Didn’t bring me
Tua voz /Your voice

Em silêncio, amor /In silence, love
Em tristeza enfim /In sadness, finally
Eu te sinto, em flor /I feel you flowering
Eu te sofro, em mim /I feel you, in me
Eu te lembro, assim /I remind you like this
Partir é morrer /That to leave is to die
Como amar / Just as to love
É ganhar /Is to win
E perder /and to lose

Tu vieste em flor /I saw you in flower
Eu te desfolhei /I plucked off your petals
Tu te deste em amor /You gave yourself in love
Eu nada te dei /i didn’t give you anything
Em teu corpo, amor /In your body, love
Eu adormeci /I slept
Morri nele /I died in it
E ao morrer /and by dying
Renasci /was reborn

E depois do amor /And after the love
E depois de nós /And after us
O dizer adeus /The saying goodbye
O ficarmos sós /And being alone
Teu lugar a mais /Too much space for you
Tua ausência em mim /Your absence in me
Tua paz /Your peace
Que perdi /That I lost
Minha dor que aprendi /My pain that I learned
De novo vieste em flor /I saw you again in flower
Te desfolhei /I plucked off your petals

E depois do amor /And after the love
E depois de nós /And after us
O adeus /the goodbye
O ficamos sós /The being alone

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Some more corrected texts

Here are a few more texts from the Writestreakpt subreddit with some notes. Thanks as ever to Teafvigoli and Dani Morgenstern for the corrections.

First off, James Bond. It’s my second time writing about this topic. I’m obviously obsessed. I should start a campaign. #jamesBondSoOld

Streak 007
Na minha voltinha pelas avenidas do Twitter nesta madrugada outonal, percebi que estamos novamente a falar sobre a questão de atores negros (como o Idris Elba) a protagonizar personagens brancos (como o Comandante James Bond do serviço secreto)

Sou velho e falta-me a paciência para os apoiantes* dos dois lados desta questão:
Por um lado: "Olha pá, os livros (que já li, acredita!) descrevem um homem branco. É branco"
Por outro lado: "O público é cada vez mais jovem e cada vez mais diverso. Precisamos de um Bond jovem e mais (gay/femino/negro/qualquer group demográfico)"

Sou fã de livros e até certo ponto concordo com o primeiro grupo. Mas eu realmente li alguns livros de Ian Fleming e sei que o protagonista tinha lutado na segunda guerra mundial antes de se tornar espião. Em 2021 o gajo deve ter mais de 100 anos! Portanto este raciocínio de vamos-seguir-os-livros só faz sentido se os filmes todos se desenrolassem nos anos cinquenta/sessenta. (E eu asistiria a um filme desses! Soa fixe!)
Entretanto sugiro que os novos filmes tomem uma nova direção. Deixemos o Bond em paz para usufruir da sua reforma. Criemos novos agentes de géneros e raças diversas e vamos aproveitar algo novo!

*=i originally wrote “para os dois lados” and it was corrected to “para ver os dois lados”. Hm, OK, I guess my original wording isn’t good Portuguese but the second one isn’t quite right: it’s not that I don’t have patience to see the argument from both sides, I’m just annoyed by the way the question gets turned into a sort of litmus teat of patriotism vs iconoclasm. So I changed it to “don’t have patience for the supporters of either side”. I hope this is better but I haven’t gone back to pester the person who made the corrections.

The next uses a sentence I found in my book as a model, trying to make new sentences in the same format, using the “gerundio”

Três frases segundo um modelo

Modelo
"A lua cheia abraçava o rio Tejo, projectando sobre ele tons frios e leitosos" (c19, "Anjos" de Carol Silva)

1

"A luz do sol banhava as árvores, iluminando-as e fazendo abrir as primeiras flores da primavera"

2

"A terra abanava furiosamente, abalando as torres do castelo e partindo as paredes de Lisboa"*

3

"O chefe gritava de raiva, borrifando os funcionários todos com saliva**"

*Although this isn’t wrong the corrector suggested “fazendo ruir os muros”. Parede does mean wall but it’s just a wall dividing one room from another inside the house, whereas muro is the wall dividing inside from outside: so the external wall of a house, a city wall, the Berlin Wall. Ruir means crumble, so it’s a good one in this context.

**also not wrong but got another suggested change: “cobrindo os funcionários de gafanhotos”. This is intriguing – so gafanhotos means grasshoppers but can also mean flecks of spit? Not according to priberam or the Dicionário Informal but I did manage to track down some examples like here for example. Excellent! I’m definitely using that at the next chance I get! “Baba” is a less formal word for drool/saliva too, so I probably should have thought to use that.

Jonathan Groff as King George III drool-singing
Cobrindo os revolucionários de gafanhotos