"If You Hold A Stone" as written by and Veloso....
if you hold a stone
hold it in your hand
if you feel the weight
you'll never be late
to understand

(repeat)

if you hold a stone, marinheiro só
hold it in your hand, marinheiro só
if you feel the weight, marinheiro só
you'll never be late
to understand

(repeat)

mas eu não sou daqui
marinheiro só
eu não tenho amor
eu sou da Bahia
de São Salvador
eu não vim aqui
para ser feliz
cadê meu sol dourado
e cadê as coisas do meu país


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    General CommentHe refers to Lygia Clark's piece 'Stone and Air' (1966)

    What he means is that if you're able to fully perceive the weight, shape, texture a stone has, you're under a full experience of self, and the same way you give meaning to an object, you give meaning to your body, and your whole life. That experience is the 'Assembly of Self'. (loosely translated)

    And under his own experience of self, that existence doesn't belong to that place, and he depends on his own place and 'its stuff' to be happy.

    'Marinheiro Só' is a folklore song written by Clementina de Jesus about a typical Brazilian sailor/fisherman. It's a work song, based on repetition. It depicts mostly the loneliness involved in the life held by them. Such loneliness is being experienced by Caetano in his exile.
    BogusManon September 18, 2017   Link

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