#10 – Raul Seixas – Mosca na sopa

from Krig-Ha, Bandolo! (Philips/Phonogram, 1973)

Original lyrics:

Eu sou a mosca
Que pousou em sua sopa
Eu sou a mosca
Que pintou prá lhe abusar…(3x)

Eu sou a mosca
Que perturba o seu sono
Eu sou a mosca
No seu quarto a zumbizar…(2x)

E não adianta
Vir me detetizar
Pois nem o DDT
Pode assim me exterminar
Porque você mata uma
E vem outra em meu lugar…

Eu sou a mosca
Que pousou em sua sopa
Eu sou a mosca
Que pintou prá lhe abusar…(2x)

-“Atenção, eu sou a mosca
A grande mosca
A mosca que perturba o seu sono
Eu sou a mosca no seu quarto
A zum-zum-zumbizar
Observando e abusando
Olha do outro lado agora
Eu tô sempre junto de você
Água mole em pedra dura
Tanto bate até que fura
Quem, quem é?
A mosca, meu irmão!”

Eu sou a mosca
Que posou em sua sopa
Eu sou a mosca
Que pintou prá lhe abusar…(2x)

Translated lyrics:

I’m the fly on your soup
I’m the fly who landed to annoy you

I’m the fly that distubs your sleep
I’m the fly in your room buzzing in your ear

And don’t even try to kill me
Because neither DDT can anhihilate me
If you kill me another one appears

I’m the fly on your soup
I’m the fly who landed to annoy you

“Attention, I’m the fly
The big fly
The fly who disturbs your sleep
I’m the fly in your room
Buzz-buzz-buzziiiiing
Watching and annoying
Look to the other side now
I’m always beside you
I’ll insist and insist
Untill I get what I want
Who’s there, who’s there?
The fly, my brother!”

I’m the fly on your soup
I’m the fly who landed to annoy you

And don’t even try to kill me
Because neither DDT can anhihilate me
If you kill me another one appears

This is the second track from Raul Seixas’ classic first album, Krig-Ha, Bandolo! Raul Seixas, also affectionately called Raulzito, is as much a controversial as a beloved figure in Brazilian music. It is still hard to listen to his music without overthinking about it, because his music got saturated when he was elected as godfather of Brazilian counterculture. In the 80s, however, he was more and more deemed only as a crazy guy, and his substantial contribution to Brazilian music became a side effect of his persona. His later albums with Marcelo Nôva (from Bahia seminal band Camisa de Vênus) are as good as the first ones, but their dark and bleak worldview, saturated with anguish, does not fit into his crazy guy persona. I would say there is a lot yet to hear from Raulzito.

It is hard not to relate everything in Brazilian music and culture in the early 70s to the military dictatorship, so I will only say that this fly who keeps coming to your (yes, I say your soup, not mine) always reminds a moment from Mel Brook’s Silent Movie when there’s a van with a giant fly attached to it fleeing the scene and when it takes a corner, the fly drops and lands on a soup dish something is taking at a nearby cafe. Mosca na sopa, then, translates as a fly on your soup.

Near the end of the track, there’s a Brazilian saying witch I could only translated its meaning, not its words, it says:

Água mole em pedra dura/Tanto bate até que fura

A word-for-word translation would be “Soft water dripping on hard rock/Bangs so much it wears the rock away. I’ve found a translation on a site which reads: “Water dripping day by day wears the hardest rock away”. I have never seen it said anywhere in the English language, but if it exists, this is a good translation. The meaning however is well-known, keep on trying ‘till you get what you want.

I ran into some troubles last week, so I’ll try to compensate this week here on the blog.

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2 comentários sobre “#10 – Raul Seixas – Mosca na sopa

  1. Concerning: “Water dripping day by day …” the German version “Steter Tropfen hoehlt den Stein” still is a common say. Roots of it as far it is known go back to the Ancient Romans.

    In Ovid’s “Epistolae” it reads in Latin: “Gutta cavat lapidem”.

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