Magda Machado


I had a farm in Brazil for 33 years, and it gradually became a natural reserve because I could not take care of it from afar, and without financial means. I always thought that the vocation of that land, in the heart of the Brazilian Cerrado, was to just go back to being a sea of trees and a haven for wildlife, and a legacy to future generations. I wanted to preserve it. In the end, I had to let go of it, and the last thing I did while I was there, was to hike up the hill to where the tallest jatobazeiro stood - and said goodbye with a song that reflected the kind of love it inspired in my life.

The Jatobá tree is a marvel, it can grow 30 meters high, and indigenous people believe that its fruit has the power to heal and to bring wisdom, bringing balance to our desires, feelings and thoughts. When I was a little girl, I loved its strange fruit, the velvety pulp so dry and yet so soft, not too sweet. I always saved its hard, smooth, dark pits which came in handy in the lack of marbles.  



Eu vim só pra dizer que te amo
Desde sempre, para sempre.
Uma semente germinou e cresceu
Forte-forte, alto-alto, como Jatobá
E as raízes adentram a terra
Cavando da terra o gôzo da vida
Que alimenta o nosso amor.

Ouvi o som da terra no rio
Do barranco o canto manso
Da corredeira a nos levar
Cachoeira, palmeira à beira
Das águas onde o amor nasceu e voou
Alto-alto, forte-forte, como Jatobá.

Entre o azul do céu
E o calor da terra
Entre folha e raíz
Corre a seiva do nosso amor
Doce esquisito
Fruta única


Hear me say that I love you
Since always, and forever.
A seed sprouted and grew
Very strong, very high, like Jatobá
Its roots dug into the earth
Bearing out the joy of life
That nurtures our loving.

I heard the sound of the earth
From the river bank. The mellow song
Of the current took us
Waterfall, palm-tree-lined pool
From where love came and rose up
Very high, very strong, like Jatobá.

The lushness of our love flows
Between the blue of the sky
And the heat of the earth
Between leaf and root
Strange sweetness
Singular fruit

Maguinha - vocals
Dudu Sete Cordas - 7-string-guitar, shaker
Bruno Patrício - flute
Valerinho Xavier – brushes
Arrangement by Dudu Maia.
Recorded in Brasilia, at Estudio Casa do Som, with Dudu Maia - in 2014.

From Mexico, Arnaldo Freire transcribed the melody.  Dudu Sete-Cordas did the magic of bringing it to life in Brasilia.