Ana Cristina

Ana Cristina Coutinho is a singer originally from Brazil. She has a delightful voice, and writes much of her music herself. Two pieces deserve special attention:


To the left is the original poem, as written by © Luís Eusébio. To the right is my rather direct translation. It is not a real translation, in that it does not even attempt to be a poem itself, and also the English is not really good English. Instead, I tried to stay as close to the Portuguese original as possible, intending to enable those who do not understand Portuguese to appreciate the beauty of the original poem.


Como um rio sem ter leito
Esta voz com que te canto
É para ti demais banal.

Que nem sabes que existo
E talvez mesmo por isto
Queira por ti ser alguém.

De que vale a petulância
Para que serve a importância
Que a nós possamos dar...

Se o que vale na vida
Não é a paixão sentida
Mas o ter a quem amar.


Als een rivier zonder bedding
Deze stem waarmee ik voor je zing
Is voor jou te banaal.

Ik weet
Dat je niet eens weet dat ik besta
En misschien juist daarom
Wil ik iemand voor je zijn.

Wat dartelheid betekent
Waartoe dient het belang
Dat we aan onszelf zouden kunnen hechten...

Als wat er in het leven echt toe doet
Niet de passie is
Maar om iemand te hebben om lief te hebben.

CDs by Ana Cristina:

1993 Outras Esquinas
2000 A Ponte
2002 Diário (in that site click on CDS)
2003 Poemas Musicados (in that site click on CDS)
???? Sobre o Tempo (new project, click on PROJECTOS once in the site)

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