Paul Simon's
Paul Simon Frankfurt 2002

Spirit Voices

©Paul Simon, released on The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990


We sailed up a river wide as a sea

And slept on the banks

On the leaves of a banyan tree

And all of these spirit voices rule the night


Some stories are magical, meant to be sung

Song from the mouth of the river

When the world was young

And all of these spirit voices rule the night


By moon

We walk

To the brujo's door

Along a path of river stone

Women with their nursing children

Seated on the floor

We join the fevers

And the broken bones


The candlelight flickers

The falcon calls

A lime-green lizard scuttles down the cabin wall

And all of these spirit voices

Sing rainwater, sea water

River water, holy water

Wrap this child in mercy - heal her

Heaven's only daughter

All of these spirit voices rule the night

My hands were numb

My feet were lead

I drank a cup of herbal brew

Then the sweetness in the air

Combined with the lightness in my head

And I heard the jungle breathing in the bamboo


Saudocoes -- Greetings!

Da licenca um momento -- Excuse me, one moment

Te lembro -- I remind you

Que amanhã -- That tomorrow

Será tudo ou sera nãoa -- It will be all or it will be nothing

Depende coração -- It depends, heart

Será breve ou será grande -- It will be brief or it will be great

Depende da paixão -- It depends on the passion

Será sujo, será sonho -- It will be dirty, it will be a dream

Cuidado, coração -- Be careful, heart

Será útil, será tarde -- It will be useful, it will be late

Se esmera, coração -- Do your best, heart

E confia -- And have trust

Na força do amanhã -- In the power of tomorrow


Lord of the earthquake

My trembling bed

The spider resumes the rhythm

Of his golden thread

And all of these spirit voices rule the night