Canção de Acordar



There are lullabies, and they are grand. But the songs I love the most are the ones that wake me up. I hear them in my sleep and I jump out of bed to record them - so I don't lose them.  Canção de Acordar came in my sleep, all of it, melody and lyrics. and I sang it in the shower from beginning to end, the number of times I needed to etch it on my brain. 

It was after this song that I knew to remain faithful to myself, to be who I am.  Allow myself to hear the music. Say the words. Show my heart. Be aware of the sorrow in everyone, and then, uplift them if I at all can. Create a space all about beauty - as refuge. Teach others the lesson I learned: that pain can be beautiful if I allow myself to learn from it. The world does not turn according to my personal and specific desires, I am not the center of the universe.

Love makes one wiser after one learns detachment, but one must go through the pain.

My voice was tired here and I could not breathe properly.  I could have decided to record it again on a good day.  But then, singing it on a day when I felt that my voice was leaving me was an honest thing to do.

Transcription was done by Alexis Alrich, initial harmony by Arnaldo Freire. At the time of recording, the song was given to guitarist Henrique Neto for personal interpretation, which resulted in the inspired introduction and solo.

Recorded in Brasilia, in 2014. Dudu Maia came up with a strikingly melodic part for the mandolin- and the song came to life.


Minha voz chegou ao fim
Como a vida chega ao fim
Como tudo chega ao fim
Como a vida vai passar
Só não passa
a minha vontade de cantar.

E assim nasce uma canção
Como toda, sem razão,
A não ser a de alegrar
A canção que nasce como a flor,
Sem razão que não seja embelezar

Inspira a alegria de ser,
tira a agonia do viver
no coração de quem escutar

Tudo passa, tudo passará
Só não passa a minha vontade de cantar
A última canção
Que será a primeira a me acordar
My voice has come to its end
Like life comes to an end
Like everything comes to an end
Like life will come to pass
The only thing that does not pass
Is my desire to sing

And so a song comes along
For no reason, like every song,
Except for bringing a bit of cheer
The song that comes up like a flower
For no reason other than to bring beauty

It inspires the joy of being,
It ends the agony there’s in living
In the heart of whoever listens

All passes, all shall come to pass
Except for my desire to sing
The last song
Which will be the first to wake me

Maguinha – vocals
Henrique Lima Santos Neto - 7-string-guitar, solo improvisations
Dudu Maia – mandolin
Arranged by Dudu Maia

Recorded at Estudio Casa do Som in Brasilia, in 2014.