A História Nos Engana


Song Lyrics

A história nos engana

Diz tudo pelo contrário

Até diz que aboliçâo

Aconteceu no més do maio

A prova dessa mentira

É que da miséria ou não saio

Viva vinte de novembro

Momento para se lembrar


Não vejo no treze de maio

Nada para comemorar

Muitos tempos se passaram

E o negro sempre a lutar


Zumbi é nosso herói

Zumbi é nosso herói, colega velha

Do Palmares foi senhor

Pela causa de homen negro

Foi ele que mais lutou


A pesar de toda luta, colega velha

O negro nâo se libertou, camara


Iê, é hora, é hora

Iêee, é hora, é hora, camará

Oiaia, vamos embora

Iêee, vamos embora, camará

Oia, péla barra afora

Iêee, péla barra afora, camará

Oiaia, viva meu deus

Iêee, viva meu deus, camará

Oia, vive meu mestre

Iêee, vive meu mestre, camará

Oiaia, quem me ensinou

Iêee, quem me ensinou, camará

English Translation

The history misleads us

Says it all instead

Until says the Abolitionism

Happened in the month of May

The Proof of this lie

Is the poverty that do not go

Long live the twentieth November

Moment to remember


I do not see the May 13

Nothing to celebrate

Many times have passed

And it’s always the black struggle


Zumbi is our hero

Zumbi is our hero, old colleague

That was to Lord of Palmares

For the cause of black man

It was he who fought more


In spite of every fight,old colleague

The black is not free, friend


Hey, it's time, it's time

Iêee, it's time, it's time, my friend

Oiaia, let's go

Iêee, let's go, my friend

Hi, over there

Iêee, across the bar, my friend

Oiaia, long live my god

Ieeee, live my God, my friend

Hi, long live my master

Iêee, live my master, my friend

Oiaia, who taught me

Iêee, who taught me, my friend

History and sentiment behind song

This is a praise song for Zumbi the leader of “Quilombo dos Palmares” who fought against slavery. The song protests against the historical fact that princess Isabel of Brazil, abolished slavery. Although she signed the “Golden Law” cancelling abolitionism in Brazil on 13 of May 1888, Meste Moraes claims that slavery stayed and the poverty that remained among black people is the proof of that. Instead of celebrating the 13 of May as the liberation day, the 20 of November is the date to remember – the day where Zumbi, who was the real hero in the eyes of the Brazilian blacks, died.