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Ponta de Areia
Wayne Shorter Lyrics


Ponta de areia, ponto final
Da Bahia à Minas, estrada natural
Que ligava Minas ao porto, ao mar
Caminho do ferro mandaram arrancar
Velho maquinista com seu boné
Lembra o povo alegre que vinha cortejar
Maria Fumaça, não canta mais
Para moças, flores, janelas e quintais
Na praça vazia, um grito um ai
Casas esquecidas, viúvas nos portais

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Written by: Fernando Brant, Milton Silva Campos Nascimento

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Leo F

I took a shot at translating this song. "Ponta de Areia" (or "Sandy Peninsula") is a small beach in the Brazilian Atlantic coast. It is located in Bahia state, and used to be the last station of an old railroad built in the late 1800s connecting Bahia to Minas Gerais (or just "Minas"), a very productive but landlockced state in the heart of the Brazilian territory. Minas Gerais is also the birthplace of both Milton Nascimento and Fernando Brant, the composers of the son. The railroad and its locomotives (generally known in Brazil as Maria Fumaça, "Smokey Mary") were deactivated in 1966, so I think of the song as a nostalgic account of a lost time, a simpler time, as this seems to be the theme of many songs by Nascimento and Brant.

Ponta de Areia
Final point
From Bahia to Minas, natural path
Minas' link to the port and sea
The iron rail was ripped off
The old driver with his cap
Recalls the joyful people who came to cherish
Smokey Mary sings no more
To ladies, flowers, porches and yards
In the empty square, a scream of pain
Forgotten houses, widows in the balconies

Hope those of you who don't speak Portuguese enjoy this. If you're not familiar with the composers' other works, I'd strongly recommend checking out the albums Clube da Esquina and Minas - the latter is where Ponta de Areia was originally released, in an equally beautiful recording. Cheers.



All comments from YouTube:

Leo F

I took a shot at translating this song. "Ponta de Areia" (or "Sandy Peninsula") is a small beach in the Brazilian Atlantic coast. It is located in Bahia state, and used to be the last station of an old railroad built in the late 1800s connecting Bahia to Minas Gerais (or just "Minas"), a very productive but landlockced state in the heart of the Brazilian territory. Minas Gerais is also the birthplace of both Milton Nascimento and Fernando Brant, the composers of the son. The railroad and its locomotives (generally known in Brazil as Maria Fumaça, "Smokey Mary") were deactivated in 1966, so I think of the song as a nostalgic account of a lost time, a simpler time, as this seems to be the theme of many songs by Nascimento and Brant.

Ponta de Areia
Final point
From Bahia to Minas, natural path
Minas' link to the port and sea
The iron rail was ripped off
The old driver with his cap
Recalls the joyful people who came to cherish
Smokey Mary sings no more
To ladies, flowers, porches and yards
In the empty square, a scream of pain
Forgotten houses, widows in the balconies

Hope those of you who don't speak Portuguese enjoy this. If you're not familiar with the composers' other works, I'd strongly recommend checking out the albums Clube da Esquina and Minas - the latter is where Ponta de Areia was originally released, in an equally beautiful recording. Cheers.

Dwayne’s bad chemicals

Brazil only has an Atlantic coastline. Mostly South Atlantic.

Pierre Gentilhomme

thank you very much
Your explanation takes nothing away from the poetry and nostalgia felt in this piece. In general I don't like translating and even quite simply understanding the lyrics! I usually let the musicality of the melody and the words make me dream and imagine.

This is almost what I see when I listen to this music! Thank you.

Tulio Ghelli

Boa, brasileirinho! Excelente trabalho.

Radagast the Brown

Muito bom.

Obese Turtle

Amazing. Thanks for that ;-)

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opossumtrax9

One of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard in my life.

Steven Truitt

It may be 10 years later with me concurring with you but I couldn't agree with you more.

EpicBlooFox

Where can I find more music that sounds like this! This is the greatest song I’ve heard in a long time

Marcio Lima

Welcome to Brazilian Music! Search for Milton Nascimento, Tom Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Clube da Esquina, João Gilberto, and so on. Have a happy journey.

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