Cesária Évora - Rogamar

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Cesaria Evora
Rogamar, 2006

PRAY TO THE SEA

the little boat rolls on it way
In the bay
On its daily odyssey
With its prow pitching to and fro
On the choppy sea
Everyone hangs on
Praying to the Virgin Mary
Asking Santa Barba to hold on

The people of the islands
Are a seagoing people
But only for long voyages
Our sea is not to be taken lightly
It has enough tales
To its glory
sea of nostalgia that separates us
Friendly sea that brings us back together
Sea that takes us away
Sea that returns us

On the little boat
When the wave swells
Everyone starts to believe
That the sea is made
Only for fish and fishermen
Pray, Pray to the Virgin Mary
Ask Santa Barbe to hold on

LOVE AND THE SEA
Love is a mystery
Like any sea in the world
Like the shallows of passion
And the depth of friendship
Sometimes made for floating
So that tomorrow we can remember

Although the sea has thorns
The planet that flowers in every colour
Has them too
Love can wound
But love can also blossom
The rocks of the sea
Turn into beaches of love
So that tomorrow we can remember
Like the sea, love
has its good and bad days
If the wind is good
It's all pleasure and indulgence
If the wind is bad
So that tomorrow we can remember

ROSIE

Rosie, tell me what's bothering you
Your behaviour betrays you
Tell me of you Torment
Get a grip on yourself, let's go to the "Je t'Aime" Club

let's go and get a drink, relax
Shake up all those fleas that are biting you
We'll talk, we'll share, we'll free our souls
Smile for me, don't cry

If those vultures
Are planning to make a meal of you
banish them

THE SEA IS MY CONFIDANT

Stop, sea, and listen
Listen to my complaint
Listen to it carefully, sea
Don't laugh at my distress

The world's tongue
Is longer than your depth
It has ruined my heart
And made me lose my love

Tell me if I'm wrong
become my confidant
Share my pains
And my joys

SLOW WAVE

All my hope
Is that one day you'll return
You'll realise
that life is a sweet illusion
that a pain is always a pain

In your wanderings around the world
Don't lose yourself in self-indulgence
Don't forget those you loved
Remember in your heart to return one day
Love is always love.

the slow wave of its current
Will gently bring you back again
Without knowing how, you'll wake up
Wrapped in sun and affection

SHADOWS OF DESTINY
Leaving for a distant land
Was always my illusion
Now I'm there
Pretending to smile
Sad and upset
Sailing from sea to sea
Scattered to the four winds
Searching for a future
Among the shadows of destiny

My life is rootless
Like the late of a Cape Verdean son
With a tickle peace
Like the late of a Gypsy
I suffer the turmoil
Of a bad world
My fate is to suffer
In nostalgic silence

A BRUSHSTROKE

This flower that wilts
This child that cries
This cloud that passes
It's nostalgia
It's sadness

It's the memory of my childhood
It's the untruth of this table
Piled with good things
To console me for my hunger

The world changes
But my story continues

AVENIDA MARGINAL

On Avenida Marginal
In the moonlight of the early hours
Some play
At mums and dads

It's so good having fun
Among the Creoles
In the silent dawn
Listening as the sea caresses the sand

Avenida Marginal
Is in fashion
That's where it all happens

Oh Jack
This welcoming dawn
Is telling us to enjoy ourselves

Our Africa

Africa, Africa, Africa...
My Africa, Our Africa

The sky has brightened
Awareness has begun to grow
The time has come to face reality
A people that once suffered
Has eased its pain
To live in peace and progress
I pray to the Lord for the United states of Africa
So that my dream may come true at last
For Africa, you are our mother

Africa, Africa, Africa...
Day and night, may peace be with you
Africa, Africa, Africa...
Day and night, may peace be with you

The sky has brightened
Awareness has begun to grow
The time has come to face reality
A people that once suffered
has soothed its gain
To live in peace and progress

Africa, Africa, Africa...
My Africa, Our Africa
Cradle of the world
Fertile continent

Sons of Africa, let us unite, hand in hand
For there's strength in unity
I pray to the Lord for the United States of Africa
So that my dream may come true at last
For Africa, you are our mother

Africa, Africa, Africa...
My Africa, Our Africa
Africa, Africa, Africa...
My Africa, Our Africa

TICHE

I was far away
Your love woke mine
I crossed sky and sea
To come and settle in your heart

I want to live from your love
Oh Tiche, you're my fortune
Let me be your chosen one
Let's unite our hearts
In a single destiny

The love I bear you
Is a divine mystery
Larger than sea and sky
This love is for you alone

(01). Sombras Di Distino
(02). Um Pincelada
(03). Avenida Marginal
(04). Africa Nossa - en duo avec Ismaël Lô
(05). Tiche
(06). Sao Tomé Na Equador
(07). Rogamar
(08). Amor Et Mar
(09). Modje Trofel
(10). Rosie
(11). Travessa De Peixeira
(12). Mas Um Sonho
(13). Mar Nah Confidente
(14). Saiona D'Vinte Ano
(15). Vaga Lenta

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