Um Dia Na Senzala

Category: Corridos

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning

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Song Lyrics

00:01 - Quem ja foi na Senzala um dia

Eng: Who had been in the Senzala

00:06 - Sabe me dizer como e

Eng: Can you tell how it is

00:12 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

00:18 - socando pilão

Eng: And pounding pestle

00:21 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

00:26 - socando pilão

Eng: And pounding pestle

00:30 - O negro era escravizado

Eng: The blacks were enslaved

00:33 - Sobre o olho do capitão

Eng: Under the watch of the Captain

00:36 - De dia trabalhava descalco

Eng: During the day they worked barefoot

00:39 - Com os pes no chão

Eng: With their feet on the floor

00:41 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

00:46 - socando pilão

Eng: And pounding pestle

00:49 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

00:55 - socando pilão

Eng: And pounding pestle

00:59 - Negro sofria na senzala

Eng: The blacks suffered in the slave quarters

01:02 - na vista do coronel

Eng: Under the watch of the Colonel

01:04 - Onde olhava da sacada

Eng: Where he watched from the balcony

01:07 - Como um raio vem do ceu

Eng: Like a ray of lightning from the sky

01:09 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

01:15 - socando pilão

Eng: And pounding pestle

01:18 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

01:23 - socando pilão

Eng: And punching pestle

01:27 - Mas que vida era aquela

Eng: But that was life

01:30 - Hoje jã não existe mais

Eng: Today it no longer exists

01:33 - Como era ruim ficar

Eng: How bad it was to stay

01:35 - na mira de um capataz

Eng: under the gaze of a Captain

01:38 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

01:44 - socando pilão

Eng: And punching pestle

01:46 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

01:52 - socando pilão

Eng: And punching pestle

01:55 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

02:01 - socando pilão

Eng: And punching pestle

02:04 - Moendo cana ee

Eng: Grinding cane

02:09 - socando pilão

Eng: And punching pestle

History and sentiment behind song

Senzala refers to a slave camp in colonial Brazil.

The word senzala comes from the bantu language Quimbundo (or Kimbundu) which meant dwelling. A Senzala became the name for the houses where the slaves were kept with their families during the hours when they were not working in Brazil. Before the eighteenth century they were called black houses or slave shacks or huts.

They were precarious houses without privacy or luxury of any kind, the only separation was between men and women who were rarely permitted to sleep in the same room. Sometimes they chained the slaves in the senzala to prevent them from fleeing, and there would be guards posted at the door who watched to avoid escape attempts. These guards used to be black, the Capitão do Mato, and they were in charge of persecuting and torturing the slaves.


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