Chico Buarque & Milton Nascimento — Calice

By 11 August, 2010

Calice is Portuguese for chalice, but is also being used here as a slight play of words, as ‘cale-se’ (pronounced the same) is a command meaning ‘be quiet’ or ’shut up’. The opening chorus then  translates as ‘Father, move this chalice away from me, of red wine of blood,’ and the repeated background refrains of ‘calice’ could be meaning either ‘be quiet’ or referring to the chalice of which they are singing about. Either way this is one of Chico Buarque’s great songs, of which they are many.

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