LAMPIÃO NO INFERNOLAMPION IN HELL
Folk legend - (Portuguese)compiled & trans. Augustus Young
Un cabra de LampiãoVirgulino Lampion,
por nome pilão deitadoBahia's Billy the Kid
que morreu numa trincheiraand Robin Hood rolled in one:
un certo tempo passadoin the twenties this bandit
ogora pelo sertãohit the trail to rob and kill
anda correndo visãolandowners in the serton
fazendo malassombradoof the North East of Brazil.
E foi quem trouxe a noticiaFor two score years his wild band
que via Lampião chegarLived charmed lives on what they stole
o inferno nesse diaand were legends in the land.
faltou pouco prà virarChurch and State had no control
incendiou-se o mercadoover these hounds of the rich
morreu tanto cão queimado(who were never known to roll
que faz pena até contarthe poor, who hadn't a stitch).
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Morreu a mãc de CanguinhaVirgulino's violent death
o pai de Forrobodówas rumoured many a time.
100 netos de parafusoWhen finally it was met
um cão chamado CotóGod personally sent a sign:
escapuliu boca ensoçaa holy fool with a bell
e uma moleca moçaran through the backlands crying,
quase queima o Totó"Lampion has gone to Hell".
Morreram cem negros velhoHis final day reaped havoc
que não trabalhavam maisin Urubu, a small town
um cão chamado Traz Càwhere he stopped dead the traffic,
Vira - Volta e Capatazwaved the vultures to swoop down,
Tromba suja e Bigodeiraand set fire to ranching trucks
um cão chamado Goteirachockablock with Blacks who'd been
cunhado de satanazrounded up being out of work.
Vomos tratar na chegadaHe barbecued the soft rump
quando Lampião bateuof whites in the driving seats,
um moleque ainda moçosliced the tongue of one called Stump
no portão apareceuwith a dagger through the teeth,
quem é você cavalheirostrangled cops with string hammocks,
moleque eu sou cangaceiroand made the parish priest jump
Lampião lhe respondeuwith a poker up his pants.
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Trans. Copyright © Augustus Young 1994 - publ. Menard Press


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