Travessura

Composed by Eduardo Lakschevitz
Voicing: three-part treble
Instrumentation: piano
Catalog number: AMP 0821
Price: $1.90

Translation

Pula daqui, cai acolá                                 Jump over here, fall over there
Entra na roda e vem brincar                     Join the circle, come and play
Pique bandeira, corrida ligeira                Pique bandeira*, a fast run
E pula daqui, cai acolá                            And jump over here, fall over there

Pula daqui, cai acolá                                Jump over here, fall over there
Entra na roda e vem brincar                    Join the circle, come and play
Chega da escola, já vai jogar bola          Back from school, on to play ball
E pula daqui, cai acolá                           And jump over here, fall over there

Pula daqui, cai acolá                               Jump over here, fall over there 
Entra na roda e vem brincar                   Join the circle, come and play
Vento soprando, é pipa voando             Wind is blowing, the kite is flying
E pula daqui, cai acolá                           And jump over here, fall over there

Nunca deixe de sonhar (lindo sonho)    Never stop dreaming (a beautiful dream
Tempo que logo vai passar                   Time will soon pass by
Criando memórias                                Creating memories
Lembrando histórias                             Remembering stories
Feliz de quem aproveitar                      Happy is the one who enjoys it
(Vamos brincar de carrossel, pessoal!) (Let's play the carousel, everybody!)

* Pique bandeira is a kind of child's play, where two teams run around and try to “steal” the other team's flag.

About the song

I wrote this piece for an old friend, Nina Revering, who directs the Conspirare Children's Choir in Austin, Texas. She and her family lived in Rio during our childhood. The name “Tijuca” in the song title is the neighborhood we lived in, where I, nowadays, raise my own kids. We sang together in a local children's choir. In one of the group's songs, Nina had a solo, that said “Let's play the carousel, everybody,” a phrase quoted on this chart.

Years ago, looking at some old pictures at my parent's home, I came across a photo of Nina (who was probably 5 or 6 years old at the time) jumping in the air, about to fall on the grass. That image made me miss those days, but also reminded me to be always very grateful for having been allowed a childhood full of play, fun, and creativity.

That is why I wrote this song. We grow up, become adults, raise families, and many responsibilities get in sight, sometimes blurring the view of the really important things in life. But the memories created when we are kids are the ones that stay deeper, and help us keep things in the right perspective. For me, these remembrances are the ones to relate to when in need of a smile. It is sure a time to be lived thoroughly. The feeling of being a kid should never leave us!



						Eduardo Lakschevitz
						Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A Portuguese pronunciation CD is available from the publisher (AMP 0821CD).

Click here to see a sample.

Click here to listen to a recording (MP3).



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