A Manteiga Derramou

55

Song Lyrics

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha

E a manteiga é de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha

E a manteiga é de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é de ioiô

Caiu na água e se molhou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é do patrão

Caiu no chão e derramou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga não é minha

É prá filha de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

English translations

I'm going to tell my lord

That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine

It is the master's butter

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine

The butter is the boss’

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is the boss’

It fell in the water and got wet

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is the boss'

It fell on the ground and spilled

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine

It's for the master's daughter

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled


History and sentiment behind song

A slave narrative about a "mysterious" spillage. A container full of butter has been knocked over, and no one is taking responsibility. When asked, a slave says, "it's not my butter, it's the master's butter,"which, while technically true, does not help resolve the matter. Slaves would often use such tactics of "passive resistance" to remind the master of his dependence on them.


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A Manteiga Derramou

55

By Mestre Suassuna

CAPOEIRA MUSIC


Song Lyrics

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha

E a manteiga é de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha

E a manteiga é de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é de ioiô

Caiu na água e se molhou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é do patrão

Caiu no chão e derramou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga não é minha

É prá filha de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

English Translation

I'm going to tell my lord

That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine

It is the master's butter

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine

The butter is the boss’

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is the boss’

It fell in the water and got wet

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is the boss'

It fell on the ground and spilled

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled

The butter is not mine

It's for the master's daughter

I'm going to tell my boss

That the butter spilled


History and sentiment behind song

A slave narrative about a "mysterious" spillage. A container full of butter has been knocked over, and no one is taking responsibility. When asked, a slave says, "it's not my butter, it's the master's butter,"which, while technically true, does not help resolve the matter. Slaves would often use such tactics of "passive resistance" to remind the master of his dependence on them.

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