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The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST (The Movement of the Landless Rural Workers of Brazil)

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Encampments: The houses of black plastic

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Lyrics: ZÚ Pinto
(Translated by Bernard McGuirk)

Title:

Flowerings (1)


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Rice in sheaves and beans in blossom
Corn on the husk, hearts brimming with love.

A landless people for justice went to war
never lazy are they, it's clearer still,
to take up handles of sickle and hoe,
so their plots can feed themselves and Brazil.

At their sacrifice beneath black plastic
the enemy scoffed: but still the people crossed
smashing fences offensive to their philosophy:
for whoever plants love there'll be peace and harmony.

Raising the voice of Agrarian Reform,
for the struggle does not weaken
when the ground is taken,
making schools, bringing comrades together,
creating a co-operative for production to grow.

1 Editor's note: Flori˘: country-like or caipira way of saying blossoming, flowering. The caipira is one who lives in the rural areas and who has a peculiar way of talking as the result of a predominantly oral culture and the permanence of archaisms.

This song is from the CD Art in movement

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Date:

November 2002

Resource ID:

FLOWERIN035

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