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Today I’m bringing you a poem which is also a song. You can argue that all songs are poems, but some more than others, right?

“Cavalo à solta” was written near the end of 1970 by the very talented Ary dos Santos (the guy on the photo above) and the music was composed by José Tordo – this partnership resulted in several songs that became big successes in Portuguese music. I’ll be sharing another song from this duo in a few weeks (simply because I couldn’t choose just one).

There are quite a few versions of this song but I chose this one in particular because it focuses pretty much on the words, as opposed to some other versions with more “pompous” singing and musical arrangements.

As usual, the poem uses fairly simple words, although you may need to use the dictionary to get a few meanings. I’d suggest you read it first, before listening to the song, and try to pick up on the musicality of the poem – besides the subtle underlying eroticism present in so many of Ary’s poems.

Cavalo à solta

Minha laranja amarga e doce
meu poema
feito de gomos de saudade
minha pena
pesada e leve
secreta e pura
minha passagem para o breve breve
instante da loucura.

Minha ousadia
meu galope
minha rédea
meu potro doido
minha chama
minha réstia
de luz intensa
de voz aberta
minha denúncia do que pensa
do que sente a gente certa.

Em ti respiro
em ti eu provo
por ti consigo
esta força que de novo
em ti persigo
em ti percorro
cavalo à solta
pela margem do teu corpo.

Minha alegria
minha amargura
minha coragem de correr contra a ternura.

Minha laranja amarga e doce
minha espada,
poema feito de dois gumes
tudo ou nada.
Por ti renego, por ti aceito
este corcel que não sossego
à desfilada no meu peito.

Por isso digo
canção castigo
amêndoa travo corpo alma amante amigo
por isso canto
por isso digo
alpendre casa cama arca do meu trigo.

Minha alegria
minha amargura
minha coragem de correr contra a ternura.

Minha ousadia
minha aventura
minha coragem de correr contra a ternura.

Minha alegria
minha amargura
minha coragem de correr contra a ternura.

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