Lei Aurea

Category: Corridos

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning

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Song Lyrics

00:00 - A Capoeira não é semente do mal

Eng: Capoeira is not the seed of evil

00:02 - Ma ta rala la serra perto do canavial

Eng: Ma ta rala la serra near the cane field

00:05 - Sua beleza também é sua defesa

Eng: Your beauty is also your defense

00:07 - Essa arte brasileira

Eng: This Brazilian art

00:09 - Encheu os olhos da princesa

Eng: Filled the princess's eyes

00:11 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

00:16 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

00:21 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

00:27 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

00:32 - Leva mensagem

Eng: Take message

00:33 - Que é através do meu lamento

Eng: That is through my regret

00:34 - Se você tem um bom senso

Eng: If you have a good sense

00:36 - Vai para pra me escutar

Eng: Go to listen to me

00:38 - Vem acuado e só vivia pelos cantos

Eng: Come cornered and only lived in the corners

00:40 - Dependeu de papel branco

Eng: Depended on white paper

00:41 - Pra poder se libertar

Eng: To be able to break free

00:43 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

00:48 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

00:54 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

00:59 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

01:05 - É uma princesa que chamava Isabel

Eng: It's a princess who called Isabel

01:07 - Que depois foi acusada

Eng: Who was later accused

01:08 - De dormir com o negão

Eng: Sleeping with the nigga

01:10 - Quebra a corrente

Eng: Breaks the chain

01:11 - Abre as portas da Senzala

Eng: Opens the doors of Senzala

01:12 - Vai te embora, corre escravo

Eng: Go away, run slave

01:13 - Não fuja mais pra escuridão

Eng: Don't run away to darkness anymore

01:16 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

01:21 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

01:26 - Quando amanhece

Eng: When dawn

01:27 - O nego ja tava longe

Eng: The nigger was already far away

01:28 - Quando o sol vem da notícia

Eng: When the sun comes from the news

01:30 - O escravo se libertou

Eng: The slave broke free

01:32 - Volta pra casa

Eng: Come back home

01:33 - Pra junto da sua família

Eng: To your family

01:34 - Não tem mais escravidão

Eng: No more slavery

01:35 - Nem tronco e nem feitor

Eng: Neither trunk nor overseer

01:37 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

01:43 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

01:48 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

01:53 - Lei áurea ae oo Lei Áurea a

Eng: Golden Law a and oo Golden Law a

History and sentiment behind song

By the end of the 19th century, slavery was doomed in the Brazilian Empire. Reasons included growing quilombo militias raids in plantations that still used slaves, the refusal of the Brazilian army to deal with escapees and the growth of Brazilian abolitionist movements. The Empire tried to soften the problems with laws to restrict slavery, but finally Brazil would recognise the end of the institution on May 13, 1888, with a law called Lei Áurea (the golden law), sanctioned by imperial parliament and signed by Princess Isabel.

Even though the emancipation of all slaves in Brazil was broadly popular, there were also strong resistance to Princess Isabel's succession to the throne. Her gender, strong Catholic faith and her marriage to a foreigner were seen as hindrance against her, and thus the liberation of the slaves caused great disfavour among powerful planters.


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