A Manteiga Derramou


Song Lyrics

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha

É prá filha de ioiô

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

English Translation

I'll tell my master

That I've spilt the butter

I'll tell my master

That I've spilt the butter

I'll tell my master

That I've spilt the butter

I'll tell my master

That I've spilt the butter

The butter is not mine

It belongs to my master's son

I'll tell my master

That I've spilt the butter

The boss's butter

Fell to the ground and spilled

I'll tell my master

That I've spilt the butter

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 the 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.