"O Pastor" as written by and Pedro Ayres/salgueiro Magalhaes....
Ai que ninguém volta
Ao que já deixou
Ninguém larga a grande roda
Ninguém sabe onde é que andou

Ai que ninguém lembra
Nem o que sonhou
E aquele menino canta
A cantiga do pastor

Ao largo ainda arde
A barca da fantasia
E o meu sonho acaba tarde
Deixa a alma de vigia

Ao largo ainda arde
A barca da fantasia
E o meu sonho acaba tarde
Acordar é que eu não queria


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"O Pastor" as written by Rodrigo Leao Gabriel Rebelo Gomes

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    General CommentA rough translation to english would be, for those of you interested:

    Oh, no one can turn back
    To what one has left behind
    No one can leave the "great" wheel
    No one even knows where one has been.

    ("great" wheel being a literal translation; what the lyricist means is that no one is able to quit halfway through the "continuously-spinning-circle" that is... life.)

    Oh, no one remembers
    Not even what one has dreamed of
    (and) that little boy is chanting
    The shepherd's song.

    (this last line is the name of the song: O Pastor means The Shepherd)

    In the distance
    The bark of fantasy
    Is still on fire
    And my dream ends so late
    It leaves my soul on guard
    In the distance
    The bark of fantasy
    Is still on fire
    And my dream ends so late
    All I want is not to wake up.

    (It is very difficult to accurately translate all this without feedback from native english speakers; but, er, I chose "bark" instead of boat because it has, in both languages, a bit of a literary and poetic feel to it; and fantasy may not be the appropriate word but the idea is that the bark is some sort of a representation of an archetype - a physical representation of ideals.)

    As for its meaning, I am not entirely sure but overall the lyrics seem to call for a reflexion on what is real, what has happened and how one cannot change that; and then there is the bark of "ideals" which seams to have caught fire and thus represents a big blow for improving and enhancing the world we live in.

    Anyways, my 2cents. Would appreciate any feedback in regard to the translation and my interpretation, thanks.

    Edward.
    sicksadlittleworldon March 19, 2011   Link

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