BATUCA NO CHAO
BATUCA ON THE GROUND
(Assis Valente-Ataulfo Alves)

Drum beat on the ground
Without mercy
Drum beat on the ground
Without pain
Drum beat on the ground
Sister
The ground is the body
That turns to dust

They can leave me without lights
But without samba
No sir
It’s samba
That translates my pleasure
And my pain
Even so
You condemn
My bronze colored race
Whose only vice
Is to enjoy batucada*

Drum beat on the ground...