Balança Que Pesa Ouro


Song Lyrics

Balança que pesa ouro

Não é pra pesar metal

Tem passarinho pequeno

Que mata cobra coral


Balança que pesa ouro

Não é pra pesar metal

Tem passarinho pequeno

Que mata cobra coral


Boi com sede bebe lama

Barriga vazia não dá sono

Eu não sou dono do mundo

Mas eu sou filho dono


Balança que pesa ouro

Não é pra pesar metal

Tem passarinho pequeno

Que mata cobra coral


No dia que amanheço

Com vontade de jogar

Dou vinte pulos pra cima

E caio no mesmo lugar


Balança que pesa ouro

Não é pra pesar metal

Tem passarinho pequeno

Que mata cobra coral


Joguei meu barquinho na agua

Joguei meu anzol na mare

Que seria do homem

Se não fosse a mulher


Balança que pesa ouro

Não é pra pesar metal

Tem passarinho pequeno

Que mata cobra coral

English Translation

A scale that weighs gold

Isn’t meant for weighing metal

There are small birds

That kill coral snakes


A scale that weighs gold

Isn’t meant for weighing metal

There are small birds

That kill coral snakes


A thirsty steer will drink mud

An empty stomach brings no sleep

I’m not the owner of the world

But I am the owner’s son


A scale that weighs gold

Isn’t meant for weighing metal

There are small birds

That kill coral snakes


On days when I awake

With the will to play

I jump up twenty times

And I land in the same place


A scale that weighs gold

Isn’t meant for weighing metal

There are small birds

That kill coral snakes


I launched my little boat in the water

I cast my fish hook to the tide

What would a man be

If it weren’t for the woman


A scale that weighs gold

Isn’t meant for weighing metal

There are small birds

That kill coral snakes

History and sentiment behind song

The song uses metaphor as a warning not to be too quick to judge other capoeiristas by their appearance. “Balança que pesa ouro, não é pra pesar metal” is a way of saying that you “Shouldn’t judge everyone by the same yardstick“. “Tem passarinho pequeno que mata cobra coral” means “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover / appearances can be deceiving”.

The chorus's premise is to never underestimate the other player in the roda. They may seem smaller or weaker, but they might still have a very dangerous game!