Balança que Pesa Ouro – Capoeira Song Lyrics, English Translation and Meaning

Balança que Pesa Ouro – Capoeira Song by Mestre Pernalonga

Lyrics and English Translation

Balança que pesa ouro
Não é pra pesar metal
Tem passarinho pequeno
Que mata cobra coral

Balança que pesa ouro
Não é pra pesar metal
Tem passarinho pequeno
Que mata cobra coral

Boi com sede lama
Barrica seca não dá sono
Eu não sou dono do mundo
Mais eu sou filho dono

Balança que pesa ouro
Não é pra pesar metal
Tem passarinho pequeno
Que mata cobra coral

No dia que amanheço com vontade de jogar
Do vinte pulos pra cima
E caio no mesmo lugar

Balança que pesa ouro
Não é pra pesar metal
Tem passarinho pequeno
Que mata cobra coral

Joguei meu barquinho na água
Joguei meu anjo na maré
Que seria do homem
Se não fosse a mulher

Balança que pesa ouro
Não é pra pesar metal
Tem passarinho pequeno
Que mata cobra coral

Scale that weighs gold
Isn’t for weighing metal
There’s a small bird
That can kill a coral snake

Scale that weighs gold
Isn’t for weighing metal
There’s a small bird
That can kill a coral snake

Thirsty steer goes to water
A dry barrel doesn’t bring sleep
I’m not the owner of the world
But I am the owner’s son

Scale that weighs gold
Isn’t for weighing metal
There’s a small bird
That can kill a coral snake

In the morning I wake up with the urge to play
I jump up twenty times
And land in the same spot

Scale that weighs gold
Isn’t for weighing metal
There’s a small bird
That can kill a coral snake

I launch my little boat in the water
I cast my angel in the tide
That would be man’s
If it wasn’t for the woman

Scale that weighs gold
Isn’t for weighing metal
There’s a small bird
That can kill a coral snake

Meaning of the song

The song uses metaphor as a warning not to be too quick to judge other capoeiristas by their appearance.

Balança que pesa ouro, não é pra pesar metal” is a way of saying that you “Shouldn’t judge everyone by the same yardstick“.

Tem passarinho pequeno que mata cobra coral” means “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover / appearances can be deceiving”.

You might think that a fight between a small bird and a large poisonous snake is a foregone conclusion – of course the snake is going to win.

Think again…

Tem passarinho pequeno…

The moral of the chorus being to never underestimate the other player in the roda. They may seem smaller or weaker, but they might still have a very dangerous game!

What exactly does the rest of the song sing about? Hmm. I’ve translated as best as I can, I leave divining the hidden meanings to your interpretation!

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