14. Back to Brasil
Joy Album by Denis Sorenson (CD)
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Words and Music by Denis Stanley Sorenson

One of the great challenges of life is to live abroad, far from the environs of one's birth and rearing; to learn a new language, to be immersed in the excitement of a foreign culture, to acquaint oneself with the arts, the dance, the mores, and the music of a whole new "world." Brasil, for non-Brasilians, is such a place. The hospitality and cosmopolitan kindness of the "Paulistas" of São Paulo, the fire and emotion of the "Cariocas" of Rio de Janeiro, to say nothing of the variety and geographic splendor in the country: Iguaçu Falls, the mighty Amazon, the jungles of the Amazon rain forest; and lilting Portuguese language – all these enliven the imagination, and invite a thoroughgoing exploration. Denis did that, and can hardly wait to go back. Maybe you'd like to go along, too-just for the adventure of it.

Lyrics

Lovely Copacabana, band of sand and sea
My lovely Copacabana, I hear you calling me.
You remind me of foxy ladies and romance in the sand,
The blue and greens of Guanabara Bay
You remind me of Corcovado and Carioca bands, and sambas, night and day.

I'm goin' back, back to Brasil. I'm goin' back to Carnival.
When I arrive, I'll feel the thrill, and I won't come home at all.

From lovely Copacabana, and Ipanema, too.
You remind me of loving hands and tender Latin ways,
The rhythm of her language and her eyes.
You remind me of times we danced till the dawning of the day; Oh, and Carioca skies.

I'm goin' back, back to Brasil. I'm goin' back to Carnival.
When I arrive, I'll feel the thrill, and I won't come home,
No, I won't come home. No, I won't come home at all.