A Manteiga Derramou

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning

A Manteiga Derramou

Author: Mestre Suassuna

Song Lyrics

0:02 - Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Eng: I'll tell my master

0:05 - Que a manteiga derramou

Eng: That I've spilt the butter

0:08 - Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Eng: I'll tell my master

0:11 - Que a manteiga derramou

Eng: That I've spilt the butter

0:13 - Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Eng: I'll tell my master

0:16 - Que a manteiga derramou

Eng: That I've spilt the butter

0:19 - Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Eng: I'll tell my master

0:22 - Que a manteiga derramou

Eng: That I've spilt the butter

0:24 - E a manteiga não é minha

Eng: The butter is not mine

0:27 - É prá filha de ioiô

Eng: It belongs to my master's son

0:30 - Vou dizer a meu sinhô

Eng: I'll tell my master

0:33 - Que a manteiga derramou

Eng: That I've spilt the butter

0:35 - A manteiga é do patrão

Eng: The boss's butter

0:38 - Caiu no chão e derramou

Eng: Fell to the ground and 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 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.


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