Song 415: Terra

This is the second Brazilian song selected so far. Yes, I have visited Brazil. Yes, I have a soft spot for the David Byrne compilations of Brazilian music.

Terra is a beautiful song by Caetano Veloso. The lyrics sound soothing if you don’t understand Portuguese, but once you read the lyrics the song completely becomes something different, the dream of an imprisoned man. It meanders and turns with emotion and force in such a clear way that language really isn’t a barrier.

Caetano Veloso has a lot of great tunes from the 1970s, but this is my favorite from him.