Ai Meu Tempo, Faz Tanto Tempo

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Song Lyrics

Ai, meu tempo, faz tanto tempo

que o meu tempo não volta mais

Quando os negos de Aruanda

Cantavem coros iguais

Ai, meu tempo, faz tanto tempo

Que o meu tempo não volta mais

Quando os negos de Aruanda

Cantavem coros iguais


Nos somos pretos da capanga de Aruanda

A Conceição viemos louvar

Aranda e e e, Aranda e e a


Nos somos pretos da capanga de Aruanda

A Conceição viemos louvar

Aranda e e e, Aranda e e a


Preto velho ficava sentado

no batente do velho portão

Preto velho com sua viola

Preto velho com seu violão


Preto velho com sua viola

Preto velho com seu violão


La na festa da Conceição

Todo mundo pedindo e implorava

O menino pegava a viola

Preto velho então cantarolava


O menino pegava a viola

Preto velho então cantarolava

English Translation

Oh, my time, it’s been so long

That my time never comes back

When the blacks of Aruanda

Sang like choirs

Oh, my time, it’s been so long

That my time never comes back

When the blacks of Aruanda

Sang like choirs


We are black from the henchman of Aruanda

Conceição we came to praise

Aranda e e a, Aranda e e a


We are black from the henchman of Aruanda

Conceição we came to praise

Aranda e e a, Aranda e e a


Old black man sat

at the old gate

Old black with his viola

Old black man with his guitar


Old black with his viola

Old black man with his guitar


La at the Conceição party

Everybody asking and begging

The boy took the viola

Old black then hummed


The boy took the viola

Old black then hummed

History and sentiment behind song

The song sings about coming from Aruanda, Aruanda is a concept present in Afro-Brazilian religions, especially in Umbanda, as well as in Brazilian Spiritism. It describes a place in the spirit world, which varies greatly according to the religious current, but which could generally be equated with a kind of spiritual colony.