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Os vampiros

José "Zeca" Afonso
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English Traslation by Phil Meyler
THE VAMPIRES

In the grey sky under the speechless moon
flapping their wings in the silent night
they come by packs at a velvety pace
to suck fresh blood from the flock.
They eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.
they eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.

The vampires come from everywhere,
they alight on roofs and on pavements…
They got old spoils in their filled bellies,
nothing can nail them to broken lives.
They eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.
they eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.

Someone is deceived by their serious look
and lets them in when they come:
They eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.
they eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.

The vanquished fall to the ground with fear,
cries are heard in the choked night.
Victims of an idea lie dead in the dikes,
and there's always fresh blood of a flock.
They eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.
they eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.

They are the masters of the universe,
lords by the force, rulers without law,
they fill up barns and drink new wine,
they dance the rondeau in the king's pinewood.
They eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.
they eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.

Someone is deceived by their serious look
and lets them in when they come:
They eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.
they eat up everything, eat up everything,
they eat up everything and don't leave anything.

THE VAMPIRES

In the grey sky
Below the silent stair wings
In the still night
They come in bands
With velvet feet
Sucking fresh blood
From the herd.
Let no-one be fooled
By their serious manner
And open them
The doors on their arrival.

They eat everything
They eat everything
They eat everything
And leave nothing.

To everywhere
The vampires arrive
They perch in buildings
They perch in the streets
They bring in their pouches
Old spoils
But nothing binds them
To the vanishing lives.

They are the stewards
Of the whole universe
Masters by force
Commanders without laws.
They fill their barns
And drink the new wine
They dance the round dance
In the king’s pine forest.

They eat everything
They eat everything
They eat everything
And leave nothing.

On the ground of fear
The vanquished tumble
We hear the screams
In the sweltry night.
They lie in the cesspools
Victims of their beliefs
And nothing drains away
The blood of the herd.

Let no-one be fooled
By their serious manner
And open them
The doors on their arrival.

They eat everything
They eat everything
They eat everything
And leave nothing.


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