Women We Love: Gal Costa – Se Você Pensa (1969)

TFG wishes the beautiful and immensely talented musician, Gal Costa, a very happy birthday.   To celebrate her day, TFG presents a song you must have in your music collection.

Gal Costa (born Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos, September 26, 1945) in Salvador, Brazil.  She is a popular singer in Brazil.

Influenced by music from a young age by her father, Costa became one of Brazil’s foremost female tropicalismo movement singers and guitar players during the late 1960s and 70s. Along with her friend Maria Bethânia, she became a political activist often coming into conflict with Brazil’s government when dissent in music was censored.

Musician Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania’s brother, introduced her to Gilberto Gil and Tom Zé in 1963, who managed to secure her a recording deal in São Paulo for her debut album Domingo with Caetano Veloso.

Costa has recorded songs composed by a number of Brazil’s most popular songwriters such as Tom Jobim, Jorge Ben Jor, and Erasmo Carlos. In 1982 the single “Festa Do Interior” from the double album Fantasia became her biggest ever hit, going multi-platinum by the end of the year.

Costa appeared in the 1995 film The Mandarin (Mandarim, O) as the singer Carmen Miranda, and has recorded songs in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Translated lyrics:

If you think you’re going to do to me
What you did with everyone who loves you
I think it’s good to know that to be with me you will have to change
From now on everything will be different
You have to learn to be human
Your pride isn’t worth anything
You have an entire life to live
And know what is good and what is bad
It’s better to choose quickly before the end (it’s too late)
You don’t know and never tried to know (made the effort to know)
That when people love for real
The good is to be happy and nothing more


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