Gringo in São Paulo

by Rita Braga

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"Gringo In São Paulo" animation video by Vuk Palibrk
youtu.be/2Nb8aTlr4S8

"Erosão" music video directed by Ricardo Leite
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLUOlZs2TPI

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releases 30 March 2015

all songs written by Rita Braga

tracks 1, 2, 4 and 5 recorded at the studios in Casa do Mancha in São Paulo, Brazil
track 3 is a home recording

mixed and mastered by Marc Behrens
cover art by Marc Behrens and Rita Braga

featuring:
Rita Braga - vocals, ukulele (tracks 1, 2, 5), keyboards (tracks 3, 4)
Mancha Leonel - drums (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5)
Bernard Simon Barbosa - bass guitar, electric guitar (tracks 1, 4, 5)
Pedro Falcão - pandeiro and cuíca (track 1)
Matheus Zingano - acoustic guitar (track 1)
José Vieira - piano (track 2)
Peri Pane - cello (track 2)

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Rita Braga Porto, Portugal

RITA BRAGA is a singer, ukulele and keyboard player from Lisbon. She has also attempted to do illustration and animation, acted in a silent horror/sci-fi film which is yet to be released, hosted unpredictable cabarets, graduated in Musicology. From time to time, she receives insight from cartoon characters in her dreams (such as Bugs Bunny) on how to conduct her "career". ... more

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Track Name: Gringo in São Paulo
When I close my eyes, I see you
When the evening falls, I sigh
Here where I live, there are no stars
But the cars make the city glow alive

I'm a gringo in São Paulo
Feeling like I'm in New York
18 million people of 18 million colors
and I'm living on the 18th floor

Pa-ra-pa-pa...

All the traffic lights I see from my window
Compensate for lack of stars
For the air is grey and heavy,
eyes are blinking at the devil
and the people walking at the speed of light

I'm a gringo in São Paulo
Feeling like I'm in New York
18 million people of 18 million colors
and I'm living on the 18th floor

Pa-ra-pa-pa...

Here comes the rushing hour
Once again I'm lost
In this city of endless towers and very high costs

"fo fo fo fo fo" goes the car
"pirri pi pi pi" Carnival
but but but but I'm on a rush,
São Paulo is a Babylon

but I'm a gringo in São Paulo
and I'm feeling like I'm in New York
18 million people of 18 million colors
and I'm living on the 18th floor

Lord I'm a Gringo in São Paulo
But I'm feeling like I'm in New York
and I'm feeling like I'm in New York
Track Name: Erosão
Uma canção vem de longe
como a erosão
de uma pedra que não se desfaz
de há mil anos atrás
e eu vou mergulhar
nas memórias de um foguetão
nas vitórias de um team qualquer
que já não joga mais
Vou-te mostrar
passerelles de moda e bilhar
a postura de um furacão
nem precisas parar para entender

Esta canção
sai do tédio de um rádio de pilha
de um prédio tombado no chão
com raízes cobrindo o seu
relógio parado
mas não fique assustado
é só um jeito de falar

Vou-te mostrar
a ciranda de roda no ar
com a faca e o queijo na mão
a Umbanda de um coração
Track Name: Helicóptero
Mente pesada
Helicóptero
Paisagem que
Não entendo
Mas se eu contar
Os telhados
em são Paulo
Vou dormir

Não caias
meu amigo
e ajuda-me
a escrever
o edital

Vou para casa
Há uma estátua
feita de osso e
carne humana

Homem estátua
parado na
avenida
bem no meio da
correria
Track Name: Poetas do Fim do Mar
As coisas que eu deixei
de me lembrar
com dissabor
regressam
em boomerangue
numa seiva
de calor

As contas do meu
destino
Poetas do fim
do Mar
e o Sol,
percorrendo a
estrada
lavando um rasto
de Luar

E se
meu coração
disser que já
não tem razão,
e com
meus pés cansados
de só correr
em contra mão

As contas
do meu
Destino
Poetas do fim
do Mar
e o Sol
percorrendo a
estrada
Lavando
um rasto de
Luar
Track Name: Tralala
Tralala-lala-lala
Tralala-la-lala