It was God

Portuguese

Foi Deus

Nao sei, nao sabe ninguem
Porque canto o fado neste tom magoado de dor e de pranto
E neste tormento, todo o sofrimento
Eu sinto que alma ca dentro se acalma nos versos que canto

Foi Deus que deu voz ao vento,
Luz ao firmamento e deu o azul as ondas do mar
Foi Deus que me pos no peito
Um rosario de penas que vou desfiando e choro a cantar

Fez poeta o rouxinol, pos no campo o alecrim
Deu as flores a primavera
Ai, e deu-me esta voz a mim

Se canto, nao sei o que canto
Misto de ventura, saudade, ternura e talvez amor
Mas sei que cantando, sinto mesmo quando
Se tem um desgosto e o pranto no rosto nos deixa melhor

Foi Deus, que deu luz aos olhos, deu o ouro ao sol e a prata ao luar
Foi deu que me pos no peito um rosario de penas que vou
Desfiando e choro a cantar.

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English

It was God

I know not, no one knows
Why I sing the fado in this hurtful tone of pain and mourning
And in this torment, all this suffering
I feel my soul is consoled by the verses I sing

It was God who gave voice to the wind,
Light to the heavens and made the waves of the sea blue
It was God who placed on my chest
A feathered rosary that I unravel as I cry and sing

He made a poet of the nightingale, he put rosemary in the fields
He gave flowers to the spring
Oh, he gave me this voice

If I sing, I know not what I sing
A mix of chance, longing, fondness and perhaps love
However I know that when singing, I feel that
When one has heartbreak and mourning on our face we are consoled

It was God who gave light to the eyes, gave gold to the sun and silver to moonlight
It was God who placed on my chest
A feathered rosary which
I unravel as I cry and sing

Submitted by F Reis on Thu, 03/02/2011 - 02:40
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nat.dailey     November 26th, 2013

In this case I believe Penas would mean grieve .
As you know this word is used in many ways such as pity or suffering.
Nice translation ! thx.