Vaqueiro Malvado

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning

Vaqueiro Malvado

Author: Mestre Ze Antonio

Song Lyrics

0:09 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

0:15 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

0:21 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

0:28 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

0:34 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

0:41 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

0:47 - Que vaqueiro malvado

Eng: What a cruel cowboy

0:50 - Que entrou no meu roçado

Eng: who entered my patch, replace ‘roçado’ with ‘cerrado‘ for a variation.

0:53 - Botou fogo na catinga

Eng: set fire to the ‘catinga‘ (dry land vegetation)

0:56 - Cortou (Queimou) o capim do gado

Eng: Cut (or burned) the cattle’s grass

0:59 - A fazenda não era minha

Eng: The farm wasn’t mine

1:02 - Era um pasto alugado

Eng: The pasture was rented

1:05 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

1:12 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

1:17 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

1:22 - O meu pai foi bom vaqueiro

Eng: My father was a good cowboy

1:25 - Me ensinou a vaquejar

Eng: Taught me how to look after cows

1:28 - Passou a vida na lida

Eng: spent his life working hard

1:31 - Mas não pode enricar

Eng: but didn’t become rich

1:34 - Deus levou antes da hora

Eng: God took him before his time

1:37 - Fez o meu peito sangrar

Eng: Made my heart bleed

1:41 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

1:46 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

1:52 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

1:56 - Que vaqueiro malvado

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

1:59 - Que entrou no meu roçado

Eng: who entered my patch, replace ‘roçado’ with ‘cerrado‘ for a variation.

2:02 - Botou fogo na catinga

Eng: set fire to the ‘catinga‘ (dry land vegetation)

2:05 - Cortou (Queimou) o capim do gado

Eng: Cut (or burned) the cattle’s grass

2:08 - A fazenda não era minha

Eng: The farm wasn’t mine

2:11 - Era um pasto alugado

Eng: The pasture was rented

2:16 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

2:21 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

2:27 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

2:33 - O meu pai foi bom vaqueiro

Eng: My father was a good cowboy

2:36 - Me ensinou a vaquejar

Eng: Taught me how to look after cows

2:38 - Passou a vida na lida

Eng: spent his life working hard

2:41 - Mas não pode enricar

Eng: but didn’t become rich

2:45 - Deus levou antes da hora

Eng: God took him before his time

2:47 - Fez o meu peito sangrar

Eng: Made my heart bleed

2:52 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

2:58 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

3:03 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

3:09 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

3:15 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

3:21 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

3:27 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

3:33 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!

3:40 - Ô que vaqueiro malvado!

Eng: Oh what a cruel cowboy!


History and sentiment behind song

Mestre José Antonio adapted this song, it came originally from a ‘Samba Rural‘ song. Mestre José Antonio’s father was a farmer, and Mestre himself grew up in a farm, so the song resonates with him. There’s no hidden capoeira message in this song according to Mestre.

The end verse was written by Mestre José Antonio, and added to the song, as it’s customary with adaptations, and it’s about his father, and his premature death.


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