A Thousand Reasons

I am not big on foreign music and even when a movie comes on that has subtitles in it, I will refuse to watch it, maybe because I am narrow mined, or just too lazy to read the words on the screen.  If a song is sung in a foreign language, even if I like the sound of it, I won’t know what it is about, and I wouldn’t be able to sing along if, even if I wanted to.  I am not a world traveler and the only language that I am able to speak is English.  I like a lot of foreign musicians that sing in English, like ABBA who are Swedish, AC/DC is Australian, U2 is from Ireland, but I am not a fan of K-POP and maybe I am uncultured, as I have never been to the Opera.  America has enough of its own music, and it comes in many different genres, so I really don’t need any foreign music, however today I have a foreign Love Song titled ‘Sufoco’ by the Brazilian singer Alcione.  Sufoco translated from Portuguese to English means suffocation.

‘Sufoco’ was written by Chico da Silva and it was ranked the #37 song in 1978 on the Brazil charts when Alcione sang this.  It was released on her album Alerta Geral, for Philips Records and the title of which was taken from a television show that Alcione hosted on TV Globo for two years.  I will try to make sense out of this song and I included the English translation below, although I am not certain how well this came out as some of the words see a bit off.  This couple is going through a hard time and the lady feels like she is dying, being deprived of air, as she is unable to breathe.  Alcione Dias Nazareth is known as Alcione, and “A Marrom”, which means “the brown one” in English, and she is one of the most successful female samba singers, or sambistas, in Brazil.  She first gained international recognition in the late 1970 and has had nineteen gold records, as well as five platinum and a double platinum record.  Chico da Silva is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and a poet.

I don’t know if I’m gonna put up with
These abuses of yours
I don’t know if I’m gonna take
Your absurdities
You go away
Out there
Disturbing dreams
The caresses
That you promised me…
You unlove me
And then you complain
When your desires
Already very tired
They displease mine…

I can’t breathe anymore
This crazy love
What a hard time!
I know I have
A thousand reasons
Even to quit
Loving you
No, but I don’t want
To act like this, my crazy love(r)
I have a thousand reasons
To forgive you
For loving…

I can’t breathe anymore
This crazy love
What a hard time!
I know I have
A thousand reasons
Even to quit
Loving you
No, but I don’t want
To act like this, my crazy love(r)
I have a thousand reasons
To forgive you…

I don’t know if I’m gonna put up with
These abuses of yours
I don’t know if I’m gonna take
Your absurdities
You go away
Out there
Disturbing dreams
The caresses
That you promised me…
You unlove me
And then you complain
When your desires
Already very tired
They displease mine…

I can’t breathe anymore
This crazy love
What a hard time!
I know I have
A thousand reasons
Even to quit
Loving you
No, but I don’t want
To act like this, my crazy love(r)
I have a thousand reasons
To forgive you…For loving…

What a hard time!

No, but I don’t want
To act like this, my crazy love(r)
I have a thousand reasons
To forgive you
For loving…

What a joke!

No, but I don’t want
To act like this, my crazy love(r)
I have a thousand reasons
To forgive you
For loving…

Written for Bee’s Love Is In Da Blog 22 where today we are asked to find a foreign love song.

14 thoughts on “A Thousand Reasons

  1. Please, do not call yourself “uncultured” because you are not into opera or prefer American music. You are right there are lots of great English speaking musicians in the US etc. I grew up with Eurovision Song Contest and Germany always had French, Spanish or Italian summer hits. It’s something that happened when I grew up and shaped my music taste. That’s why I like to encourage others to look over the borders. Us when you learn a language it’s a great help. Music seems to anchor words easier in your mind. My love for English definitely grew from listening to the Beatles, Joan Baez and others as a kid. Great choice. I absurdly love the voice of the lady. Shame I know no Portufese 😇

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