Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"Procissao" Gilberto Gil, topical song

"Procissao"-Gilberto Gil
Look at the procession go by
Pulling itself like a snake over the ground
The people who are passing
Believe in something beyond the sky
The women are singing verses
The men listening take of their hats
They live in penance here on earth
Waiting for what Jesus promised
Jesus promised a better life
To those living in this world without love
But only after their body is delivered to the ground
Only after dying in the Sertao
I’m on Jesus’ side too
But I think he has forgotten
To speak to the earth that these people live on
And tell it to arrange a way for them to live
Because so many people are flying up to God*
Who promises so many things for the Sertao
That he will give a dress to Maria
And promises a farm for Joao Year after year nothing comes
And the Sertao continues to give to God
But if Jesus exists up in heaven
Then here on earth this has to stop
 -translation from Song Meanings

Gilberto Gil - Procissao by le-pere-de-colombe