Batucada Bonde (Tram Song)

from The Other Side of the Girl by Diana May Clark

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Another song started while on honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro. Clark says: "Started writing this in Ipanema in Rio on our honeymoon trip 2009.
I craved to write a reggae to sing with others, including Brazilian Portuguese phrases someone might learn on their first visit. Mixing my 2 worlds, I threw together couplets from both languages, and despite it being a novelty song, it took 2 years of re-writes & feedback from Charles Jenkins, Greg Arnold, Mick Thomas and Pat Pattison to finish. Motivated by my last visit to Rio in 2013 as I discovered that sadly, the Bonde was no longer running due to an accident with fatalities; I had to release it in acknowledgement of the uplifting times we’d had travelling to Santa Teresa over the years. We made a cute Tram film clip in Ballarat, to go with it."


We’ll ride the tram the people call Bonde
Like a sardine can playing ping-pongee
African beats rise from Portuguese streets
Cool as Johnny Depp, the boys all hitch on the side step

‘Lua de mel’ in Brasil
Honeymoon bonde pinge-ponge
Lua de mel in Brasil under the spell of a moon of honey, yeah

We’ll taste a fruit of the Amazon daily
Sugar loaf sweet cavaquinho ukelele

Lua de mel in Brasil
Honeymoon bonde pinge-ponge
Lua de mel in Brasil under the spell of a moon of honey, yeah

Unified, we’ll ride Batucada Bonde
Unified, we’ll ride Batucada Bonde
In Brasil yeah yeah Batucada Bonde
Under the spell of a moon of honey, honey


from The Other Side of the Girl, released November 15, 2014
Voice & Piano - Diana May Clark
Guitar & b.v's - Doug de Vries
Drums & b.v's - Al Kerr
Hammond & b.v's - Greg Arnold
Backing Vocals and percussion - Monique Zucco
Bass & b.v's - Frank DiSario
Engineered by Dave McCluney, Atlantis Sound, Melbourne
Produced by Greg Arnold, Mixed by Brad Jones MindSpring Nashville, Mastered by Jim DeMain, YesMaster, Nashville.


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Diana May Clark Melbourne, Australia

Aussie singer/songwriter and Brazilian song interpreter Diana May Clark's new Album 'The Other Side of the Girl' sparkles with film-noir-ripe vocals, cool riff guitar & kicking grooves…DMC's sunny set makes you wanna move!

“An amazing sounding record...every song is an event! Musically, lyrically and rhythmically brilliant and topped off with a voice of sheer delight to the ear.” Charles Jenkins
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