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After composing the first eight songs, I felt like writing a lighter tune with a xote as the groove. Words began to pop into my head--all verses with rhymes ending in "em"--and the melody eventually emerged.

As I continued to write the story, it somehow connected with a trip I took to Santarém and Belém, in the state of Pará in northern Brazil, when I was in my 20s.

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Vem
music and lyrics by Fernando Brandão

Qual é o gosto que o desejo tem
Que quando passa, rindo com desdém
E que me olha como um joão-ninguém 
Nem mesmo sabes que eu te quero bem

Larga de medo, saia desse trem
Que não apita, nem parada tem
Você não sai desse belenguedem 
Vem pro meu barco, que eu te levo além

Entre dois rios, lá por Santarém
A lua olhando, dançamos tão bem
Nessa viagem, o sentimento vem
E num doce balanço, vamo’ até Belém

Meu coração batendo a mais de cem
Rouba-lhe um beijo e teu olhar também
Você se entrega, sem nem mais porém
E eu te pego rindo assim como um neném
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Come
music and lyrics by Fernando Brandão

What is the taste desire has
When it passes by, laughing with disdain
And looks at me like a Joe-nobody
You don’t even know that I care for you

Don’t be afraid, get off this train
That does not whistle, and does not stop anywhere
You are stuck going nowhere 
Come to my boat, I will take your further on

Between two rivers, around Santarém
The moon watching us, we dance so well
During this journey, love will come
And in a sweet motion we get to Belém

My heart beating past one hundred
Steals a kiss from you, and your eyes too
You give in, with no ifs, ands or buts
And I catch you laughing like a baby

credits

from Sem Tradução, released September 30, 2015
Marcella Camargo Silva - voice
Fernando Brandão - voice, flute, alto flute and bass flute
Fernando Huergo - electric bass
Eduardo Mercuri - acoustic guitar
Henrique Eisenmann - piano
Bertram Lehmann - drum set
Anne Nêgah Santos - percussion
Julio Santos - percussion

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Fernando Brandao Boston, Massachusetts

Flutist, composer, author and educator Fernando Brandão is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He leads the Fernando Brandão Ensemble, which has recently been featured at the First Cambridge Jazz Festival and the Isabella Gardner Museum. Mr. Brandão is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and a faculty member of the Community Music Center of Boston. ... more

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