Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver – Capoeira Song

Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver – Capoeira Song Lyrics and English Translation

‘Tava lá no alto da ribeira,
Na Bahia que e terra de muito axé,
Minha mãe é uma grande lavadeira,
O meu pai usa peneira,
Na colheita do cafe.
Eu de jangada vim pro Rio de janeiro,
Vim pra ver o verão de São Tropez,
Mas eu sou vim porque sou bom jangadeiro,
Gosto de capoeira, Vim aqui so pra lhe ver.
Fiquei de frente para o Cristo Redentor,
Fiquei com fome e comi o pão de açúcar ,
Fui na Barra da Tijuca, só pra ver o meu amor
Eu vim
I was there at the top of the shore,
In Bahia, which is a land of a lot of axé,
My mom is a great laundress,
My father uses the sieve,
In the coffee harvest.
I came by raft to Rio de Janeiro,
I came to see the summer of Saint Tropez,
But I’m here because I’m a good raftman,
I like capoeira, I came here just to see her.
I faced Christ the Redeemer,
I was hungry and ate the sugar loaf,
I went to Barra da Tijuca, just to see my love
I came
Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver
Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver
Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver
Pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver
I came from Bahia to see her
I came from Bahia to see her
I came from Bahia to see her
To see her, to see her, to see her, to see her
Pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver
pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver
To see her, to see her, to see her
to see her, to see her
Pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver
pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver
To see her, to see her, to see her
to see her, to see her
Se você ainda não conhece,
ai meu deus tu precisa conhecer
Ai Bahia terra nossa, ai de acarajé e de dendê
Onde nasceu Mestre Bimba, Pastinha e Aberre
Da igreja do Bonfim, do mercado modelo abaité
Terra de mãe menininha, olha terra de Candomblé
Mas eu vim
If you still don’t know,
Oh my god you need to know
Oh Bahia our land, oh of acarajé and palm oil
Where Mestre Bimba, Pastinha e Aberre were born
From the Bonfim church, from the Abaité Model Market
Land of a little mother, look at the land of Candomblé
But I came
Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver
Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver
Vim da Bahia pra lhe ver
Pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver, pra lhe ver
I came from Bahia to see her
I came from Bahia to see her
I came from Bahia to see her
To see her, to see her, to see her, to see her

Picture of the Sugar loaf mountain taken from the Christ the Redeemer

“Her” of course refers to Capoeira. The version below sings “Vim la da Bahia”, which would be “I came there from Bahia”. Enjoy!

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