Lampião Subia A Serra

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History and sentiment behind song

Lampião A Celebrated Brazilian Figure

"Eh eh eh toom toom toom See the footsteps of Lampiao Lampiao descends from the Sierra To look for Maria Bonita To help escape from the police" One of the most famous bandit and celebrated figure in Brazil was Lampiao,once referred to as the King of Cangaco,a form of banditry endemic to north east Brazil in 1920's and 30's.

The History Of The Song

This song to be sung in homage to Mestre Lampiao,presumably, just before he was killed. The lyrics give an inkling that Lampiao knew he had been betrayed so wanted to escape with his loved one, Maria Bonita. It seems that in spite of his murders,rape and pillaging activities, even to this day he is regarded as a folk hero. It is something about the Brazilians: they admire the underdog and his fight against the powers to be. Maria, stayed with him always, though the girl with miscellaneous eyes,looked totally out of place with the band of cangaceiros. His escapades, with Maria at his side, across the Serta, a semi arid desert to the north east of Brazil remain etched in Brazilian folklore

Song Lyrics

Lampião

Subia serra

Lampião

Descia ladeira

Maria bonita cantava mulher rendeira (bis)

Lampião ele foi pego, foi morto a traição

Não se entregava a polícia

Coronel nem capitão

Lampião

Subia serra

Lampião

Descia ladeira

Maria bonita cantava mulher rendeira

Maria bonita era mulher macho sim senhor

Ao Lampião seu coração lhe entregou

Lampião

Subia serra

Lampião

Descia ladeira

Maria bonita cantava mulher rendeira

Virgulinho Ferreira

O Cangacero Lampião

Seu nome fico marcado

Na história do sertão

Lampião

Subia serra

Lampião

Descia ladeira

Maria bonita cantava mulher rendeira

Junto com Corisco

Ventania Azulão e Pontaria

Zé Sereno, Moita Brava

Dadá bem-tivi e Jararaca

Lampião

Subia serra

Lampião

Descia ladeira

Maria bonita cantava mulher rendeira

English translations

Lamp

I went up the mountain

Lamp

Downslope

beautiful woman Maria sang Lacemaker (bis)

Lampião he was caught, he has deceived the treason Was

not given to the police

Colonel nor captain

Lamp


I went up the mountain

Lamp

Downslope

beautiful woman Maria sang Lacemaker

Beautiful Maria was a male woman, yes, Senhor

Ao Lamp, her heart gave her

Lamp

I went up the mountain

Lamp

Downslope

beautiful woman Maria sang Lacemaker

Virgulinho Ferreira

The Cangacero Lamp

Its name I am marked

In the history of the backwoods

Lamp

I went up the mountain

Lamp


went downhill

beautiful woman Maria sang Lacemaker

Together with Corisco

Ventania Azulão and


Zé Sereno, Moita Brava

Dadá bem-tivi and Jararaca

Lamp

I went up the mountain

Lamp

Downslope

beautiful woman Maria sang Lacemaker