Dona Isabel Que História é Essa

45

Song Lyrics

Dona Isabel que história é essa

De ter feito a abolição

De ser princesa boazinha

Que libertou a escravidão

To cansado de conversa

To cansado de ilusão

Abolição se fez com sangue

Que inundava esse país

Que o negro transformou em luta

Cansado de ser infeliz

Abolição se fez bem antes

E Ainda há por se fazer agora

Com a verdade da favela

Não com a mentira da escola

Dona Isabel chegou a hora

De se acabar com essa maldade

De se ensinar aos nossos filhos

O quanto custa a liberdade

Viva Zumbi, nosso gueirreiro

Que fez-se herói lá em Palmares

Viva a cultura desse povo

A liberdade verdadeira

Que já corria nos quilombos

E já jogava Capoeira


Iê, viva Zumbi

Iê, viva Zumbi, camará

Iê, viva Palmares

Iê, viva Palmares, camará

Iê, a Capoeira

Iê, a Capoeira, camará

English translations

Miss Isabel what is this story

That you made the abolition

That you are a good princess

That freed slavery

I am tired of talking

I am tired of illusions

Abolition was done with blood

That flooded this country

Because the black decided to fight

Tired of being unhappy

Abolition was done well before

And there is still to be done now

With the truth of the slum

Not with the lies of school

Miss Isabel the time has come

To end this evil

To teach our children

How much the freedom cost

Long live Zumbi, our warrior

That became hero in Palmares

Long live the culture of this people

True freedom

That already ran in the quilombos

And I already played Capoeira


Hey, long live Zumbi

Hey, long live Zumbi, comrade

Hey, long live Palmares

Hey, long live Palmares, comrade

Iê, Capoeira

Iê, Capoeira, comrade


History and sentiment behind song

Song about the history of slavery, resistance and necessary rebellion. Mestre Toni Vergas wrote the song because he believed as everybody else did as a boy the stories that Princess Isabel made the law and that people and the slaves had been freed, when in fact it wasn't quite like that. This song renounces the praises Princess Isabel gets for abolishing slavery, in fact there are many black people who died fighting for freedom, many political fighting, a lot of capoeira and a lot of struggle before the people were freed, it wasn't just Princess Isabel who just wrote the law and made people free.


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Dona Isabel Que História é Essa

45

By Mestre Toni Vargas

CAPOEIRA MUSIC


Song Lyrics

Dona Isabel que história é essa

De ter feito a abolição

De ser princesa boazinha

Que libertou a escravidão

To cansado de conversa

To cansado de ilusão

Abolição se fez com sangue

Que inundava esse país

Que o negro transformou em luta

Cansado de ser infeliz

Abolição se fez bem antes

E Ainda há por se fazer agora

Com a verdade da favela

Não com a mentira da escola

Dona Isabel chegou a hora

De se acabar com essa maldade

De se ensinar aos nossos filhos

O quanto custa a liberdade

Viva Zumbi, nosso gueirreiro

Que fez-se herói lá em Palmares

Viva a cultura desse povo

A liberdade verdadeira

Que já corria nos quilombos

E já jogava Capoeira


Iê, viva Zumbi

Iê, viva Zumbi, camará

Iê, viva Palmares

Iê, viva Palmares, camará

Iê, a Capoeira

Iê, a Capoeira, camará

English Translation

Miss Isabel what is this story

That you made the abolition

That you are a good princess

That freed slavery

I am tired of talking

I am tired of illusions

Abolition was done with blood

That flooded this country

Because the black decided to fight

Tired of being unhappy

Abolition was done well before

And there is still to be done now

With the truth of the slum

Not with the lies of school

Miss Isabel the time has come

To end this evil

To teach our children

How much the freedom cost

Long live Zumbi, our warrior

That became hero in Palmares

Long live the culture of this people

True freedom

That already ran in the quilombos

And I already played Capoeira


Hey, long live Zumbi

Hey, long live Zumbi, comrade

Hey, long live Palmares

Hey, long live Palmares, comrade

Iê, Capoeira

Iê, Capoeira, comrade


History and sentiment behind song

Song about the history of slavery, resistance and necessary rebellion. Mestre Toni Vergas wrote the song because he believed as everybody else did as a boy the stories that Princess Isabel made the law and that people and the slaves had been freed, when in fact it wasn't quite like that. This song renounces the praises Princess Isabel gets for abolishing slavery, in fact there are many black people who died fighting for freedom, many political fighting, a lot of capoeira and a lot of struggle before the people were freed, it wasn't just Princess Isabel who just wrote the law and made people free.

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