Spirit Voices

©Paul Simon, released on The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990

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We sailed up a river wide as a sea

And slept on the banks

On the leaves of a banyan tree

And all of these spirit voices rule the night

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Some stories are magical, meant to be sung

Song from the mouth of the river

When the world was young

And all of these spirit voices rule the night

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By moon

We walk

To the brujo's door

Along a path of river stone

Women with their nursing children

Seated on the floor

We join the fevers

And the broken bones

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The candlelight flickers

The falcon calls

A lime-green lizard scuttles down the cabin wall

And all of these spirit voices

Sing rainwater, sea water

River water, holy water

Wrap this child in mercy - heal her

Heaven's only daughter

All of these spirit voices rule the night

My hands were numb

My feet were lead

I drank a cup of herbal brew

Then the sweetness in the air

Combined with the lightness in my head

And I heard the jungle breathing in the bamboo

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Saudocoes -- Greetings!

Da licenca um momento -- Excuse me, one moment

Te lembro -- I remind you

Que amanhã -- That tomorrow

Será tudo ou sera nãoa -- It will be all or it will be nothing

Depende coração -- It depends, heart

Será breve ou será grande -- It will be brief or it will be great

Depende da paixão -- It depends on the passion

Será sujo, será sonho -- It will be dirty, it will be a dream

Cuidado, coração -- Be careful, heart

Será útil, será tarde -- It will be useful, it will be late

Se esmera, coração -- Do your best, heart

E confia -- And have trust

Na força do amanhã -- In the power of tomorrow

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Lord of the earthquake

My trembling bed

The spider resumes the rhythm

Of his golden thread

And all of these spirit voices rule the night

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