Sá e Guarabyra - Sobradinho (English translation)

English translation

Sobradinho

Men arrive and destroy nature straightaway
Take people away, build a dam and say everything will change
The São Francisco, up in Bahia
Says that sooner or later, it will slowly overflow
And step by step, it fulfills the prophecy
Of a priest that said that there would be an inundation at the backlands
 
The backlands will become a sea, my heart fears
That someday the sea will also become a backland
It will become a sea, my heart fears
That someday the sea will also become a backland
 
Goodbye Remanso, Casa Nova, Sento Sé
Goodbye Pilão Arcado, here comes the river, swallowing
Under its waters goes your whole life
Above the waterfall, the riverboat will stop passing
There'll be a dam at the Sobradinho Falls
And the people go away, afraid of drowning
 
The backlands will become a sea, my heart fears
That someday the sea will also become a backland
It will become a sea, my heart fears
That someday the sea will also become a backland
 
Goodbye Remanso, Casa Nova, Sento Sé
Goodbye Pilão Arcado, here comes the river, swallowing
Under its waters goes your whole life
Above the waterfall, the riverboat will stop passing
There'll be a dam at the Sobradinho Falls
And the people go away, afraid of drowning
 
The backlands will become a sea, my heart fears
That someday the sea will also become a backland
It will become a sea, my heart fears
That someday the sea will also become a backland
 
Remanso, Casa Nova, Sento Sé, Pilão Arcado
Sobradinho, goodbye, goodbye
Remanso, Casa Nova, Sento Sé, Pilão Arcado
Goodbye, goodbye
Remanso, Casa Nova, Sento Sé, Pilão Arcado
Goodbye, goodbye
Remanso, Casa Nova, Sento Sé, Pilão Arcado
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Remanso, Casa Nova, Sento Sé, Pilão Arcado
Goodbye, goodbye
 
Translation done by Alma Barroca. In case you want to reprint it, please ask for permission first and always cite my name as its author. /
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Submitted by Alma Barroca on Mon, 15/01/2018 - 22:28
Author's comments:

This song talks about the building of the Sobradinho Reservoir, a large reservoir located in Sobradinho, north of the Brazilian state of Bahia. So it could be constructed in the 1970's, the municipalities of Casa Nova, Pilão Arcado, Remanso, Sento Sé and Sobradinho were all flooded and moved elsewhere - to make room for the Sobradinho Dam, opened in 1982. The São Francisco is the longest Brazilian river, running for ~3000kms.

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Sobradinho

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