Adorno Natural



In 2013, I read Marina Silva's poem Adorno Natural and it resonated with me so much that I sang it. The melody that came to me was so clear that I sang it only once, and did not forget it. The birth of the song was simple, effortless, forthcoming. A couple of months later, I had it transcribed by Alexis Alrich. Arnaldo Freire gave it its purely Brazilian harmony.

I recorded it in Brasilia at Estudio Casa do Som, with Dudu Sete-Cordas and Dudu Maia, who arranged the song. Every time I hear it, the unquestionable case for preserving the integrity of Earth's environment comes out so clearly and poignantly, it bring fullness to the heart.


... e a natureza me adorna
Com toda a sua beleza
Me dando sempre a certeza
De que se um dia ela se for
Já não serei mais inteira
Já não terei mais beleza
Já não içarei as asas
Já não terei minha casa
Já não serei quem eu sou



… and nature adorns me
With all of its beauty
Making me always certain
That if one day she dies
I won’t be whole anymore
I won’t be beautiful anymore
I won’t raise my wings anymore
I won’t have a home anymore
I won’t be who I am anymore


Maguinha - vocals
Dudu Maia - mandolin
Dudu Sete Cordas - 7-string-guitar, cavaquinho, pandeiro