Lyrics for "Song III" by Maria Bethânia
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A minha Casa é guardiã do meu corpo
E protetora de todas minhas ardências.
E transmuta em palavra
Paixão e veemência

E minha boca se faz fonte de prata
Ainda que eu grite à Casa que só existo
Para sorver a água da tua boca.

A minha Casa, Dionísio, te lamenta
E manda que eu te pergunte assim de
frente:
À uma mulher que canta ensolarada
E que é sonora, múltipla, argonauta

Por que recusas amor e permanência?

My House is guardian of my body
And protector of all my ardency.
And transmutes into word
Passion and vehemence.

And my mouth becomes a source of
silver
Although I scream at the House that
only exists
To suck the water from your mouth.

My House, Dionisio, laments
And demands that I ask you in your face:
As a woman who sings with cheer
And who is vibrant, multiple, adventurer

Why do you refuse love and
permanence?
From the Album Ode Descontínua e Remota para Flauta e Oboé, de Ariana
para Dionísio - Disconnected and Distant Ode for the Flute and Oboe,
from Ariana for Dionisio
Composed of poems by Hilda Hilst with music by Zeca Baleiro
SONG III (VERSE III) SUNG BY MARIA BETHÂNIA
SOURCE FOR COMPLETE POEM
TRANSLATION BY ROSALIENE BACCHUS
ZECA BALEIRO
(Born 1966)
Popular Brazilian
musician from
Maranhão
Zeca Baleiro - Popular Brazilian Musician
Ode Descontínua e
Remota para Flauta e
Dionísio
MARIA BETHÂNIA
POEM III by Hilda Hilst
music by Zeca Baleiro

Each verse of Hilda Hilst's poem is sung by a different Brazilian female vocalist. I
selected Song III by Maria Bethânia because I think it is the best adaptation of
Hilst's verse to music. Maria Bethânia's rendition is flawless. Perhaps I am
biased. I adore her voice. Song V by Angela Ro Ro is also an excellent adaptation
of lyrics, music, and vocal.

To listen to the other nine songs of this album, click on the links below.


After two years of collaboration between the poet Hilda Hilst and musician Zeca
Baleiro, the CD was recorded in April 2003.
Maria Bethania
(Born 1946)
Popular Brazilian
female vocalist from
Bahia