Day 12: The Malandro and The Lights of Christmas



The Lights of Christmas
by Miguel de Leon

The lights of Christmas fill the dark night.
The Malandro comes out of the shadows into the streets he calls his own.
The sparkling lights catch his eye and pull his memories to a time when he shared his heart with another.
Their love was alive, full of romance, a celebration, two into one.
But his wandering eye and ways led to break ups and passionate make ups, until the limit was met and their love was no more.
The Malandro takes a drink to drown the tears that escape from his eyes.
The tears that reflect in the lights of Christmas.
Tears for a love he lost during this time last year.



Luzes de Natal

Luzes de Natal iluminam a noite escura.
O Malandro sai pelas ruas, as quais ele chama de suas.
O brilho das luzes lhe chama a atenção e lhe traz memórias de um amor do passado, quando seu coração era cheio de paixão, e celebrava suas vidas juntos.
Mas sua vida boemia resultou em dolorosas separações e maravilhosas reconciliações, até que um dia, atingiram o limite e o amor deixou de existir.
Na bebida ele afoga suas mágoas, mas ainda existem lágrimas.
Lágrimas que refletem as luzes de Natal.
Lágrimas que refletem o amor perdido no último Natal.



Las Luces de la Navidad

Las luces de la Navidad iluminan la noche.
El Malandro sale a la obscuridad de la noche a la calle,
Calles que el domina.
El brillo de las luces le llaman la atención y lleva su memoria a los recuerdos de los tiempos pasados cuando compartía su corazón con un amor.
Tiempos de júbilo, romance y dos vidas unidas.
Pero sus infidelidades les llevó al limite, ya no aguantaba más.
Olvidando su dolor en una copa de liquor, le salen las lagrimas.
Lagrimas que se reflejan en las luces de la Navidad.
Recordando el amor que se perdió hace un año durante este tiempo de Navidad.



The 12 Days of Samba:

Day 01: An Introduction to The 12 Days of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 02: Was Joao Gilberto a Malandro?
Day 03: Previewing Miguel de Leon's Annual Christmas Concert In Chicago
Day 04: Winter reading: 'Samba' by Alma Guillermoprieto
Day 05: Famous Malandros In Pop Culture
Day 06: A Cachaça Holiday Cocktail
Day 07: Seven Samba Stocking Stuffers
Day 08: Personal Notes: Samba Snapshots From The Malandro Project
Day 09: How To Dance Samba - Women's Version
Day 10: How To Dance Samba - Men's Version
Day 11: 100 Years of Samba and The Malandro Project
Day 12: The Malandro and 'The Lights of Christmas'


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The Malandro Project was recorded in Rio de Janeiro with saxophonist Leo Gandelman and MPB’s Leila Pinheiro to celebrate 100 Years of Samba and its iconic character, the charming, roguish bad-boy Malandro. A combination of cultural myth and historic fact, the Malandro’s roots can be traced throughout the history of Samba. The Malandro Project album will be released in early 2017.

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