OLERÉ CÂMARÁ
OLERÊ COMRADE
(Paulo Debetio-Joel Menezes)

Open the circle, brother
Open the circle, brother
Open the circle, brother
Olerê comrade
Open the circle, brother
Olerê comrade

When I play capoeria
On the slope of the Pia
If I’m dizzy from longing
I tie a knot on the berimbau*
If the sadness is excessive
If you’re thinking of giving it a try
I want to know who’ll try to make a fool
Of my wooden bow

Open the circle, brother refrain
Olerê comrade
Open the circle, brother
Olerê comrade
Open the circle, brother
Olerê comrade
Open the circle, brother
Olerê comrade

It was Pastinha at the Ribeira
Who taught me how to govern
There’s no knot of remembrance
That can lasso me
...Olerê Comrade

If a sadness comes upon me
I put my faith in Oshala*
I take the stick on the snout
I leave the pain of love aside

repeat refrain

repeat first verse