Vim Da Bahia Pra Lhe Ver

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Song Lyrics

Vinha da Bahia pra lhe ver, vinha

da da Bahia pra lhe ver

Vim da da Bahia pra lhe ver, pra

lhe ver pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver, pra

lhe ver

Coro

Tava la no alto da Ribeira

Na Bahia que è terra de muito axê

Minha mae è uma grande lavadeira

O meu pai nos appendera na colheita

do cafè

Coro

Minha jangada~ vem pro Rio de

janeiro

Vem ate Salome e São Tropè

Vem que eu so um bom jangadeiro

Tambem so um capoeira vim aqui so

pra lhe ver

Coro

Chegar ao Rio de Janeiro

Terra com clima genial

Trouxe de lembrança pra você um

atabaque

Um pandeiro e tambem trouxe um

berimbau

Coro

Para na Baía de Guanabara

De frente ao faro Cristo Redentor Me

deu fome eu comei o Pao de açucar

Fui pra Barra da Tijuca so pra ver o

meu amor

English Translation

I came from Bahia to see you, I came

from Bahia to see you

I came from Bahia to see you, to

see you to see you, to see you, to

see you

Chorus

It was at the top of the Ribeira

In Bahia, which is a land of a lot of axê

My mom is a big laundress

My father taught us how to harvest

From the cafè

Chorus

My boat arrives at Rio De Janeiro

Janeiro

Come to Salome and São Tropè

Come on, I'm just a good good rafter

I’m a Capoeirista as well and I only

came to see you

Chorus

I arrived in Rio De Janeiro

A Land with a great climate

I brought you a souvenir

Atabaque

A pandeiro and also brought one

Berimbau

Chorus

I stopped in the Bay of Guanabara

Facing the Christ the Redeemer Lighthouse

I was starving and ate the sugar loaf

I was to Barra of the Tijuca only to see

my love

History and sentiment behind song

The song references the Jangada which is a fishing raft made of six longitudinal logs from the Piuva tree (similar to Balsa). It is held together with wooden pegs and vegetable fibre and constructed using only the simplest of tools. It is used off the beaches of north east Brazil by the ‘Janadeiros’. Jangadas date back thousands of years and are a strong iconic feature of Brazilian folklore. It is not uncommon for poor fisherman to spend days at a time fishing on high seas in these small craft. The chorus of this song implies the pride the singer has though coming from humble means.

The song mentions a loaf, which in humour to the fact that the famous hill in Rio is called “Sugar loaf”.