Luar ~ Moonlight ~ Léo Artese

This beautiful song is about The Queen of the Sea ~ Mamãe Yemanjá. I’m sure I was a mermaid in a past life as I’m much better at gliding through the sea than walking on land these days so I connect in a knowing way with this sacred song. I remember hearing it in ceremonies years ago and thought it had an oriental feel. I never seemed to have the words to sing along with at the time but now I do hooray! I think it goes very well with the dreamy harp melodies. There are a couple of nice surprises to listen out for too.

Here are the lyrics and translation. Please relax and enjoy.

Luar se fez um raio prateado
Iluminando o céu e as espumas do Mar
Lindo clarão à beira-mar
Vejo Mamãe Iemanjá

Lá vem, lá vem junto com suas sereias
Nos abençoar, Rainha Iemanjá
Dona das águas tu és Mãe
Oh! Janaina Odoiá

Iluminai minhas profundas águas
Para eu decifrar mistérios do meu mar
Nesse meu mar de emoções
Rainha vem me iluminar

Iemanjá princípio gerador
Amor fundamental tão puro e maternal
Iemanjá vem confortar
Oh! Janaina Odoiá

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The moonlight became a silver ray
Illuminating the sky and the sea foam
A gorgeous gleam on the sea shore
I see Mother Yemanjá

Here she comes, here she comes along with her mermaids
To bless us, Queen Yemanjá
Lady of the waters, you are Mother
Oh! Janaina Odoiá *a traditional greeting to Yemanjá

Illuminate the depths of my water
So that I may decipher the mysteries of my sea
In this my sea of emotions
The Queen comes to illuminate me

Yemanjá, the creative principle
Fundamental love so pure and maternal
Yemanjá comes to comfort
Oh! Janaina Odoiá

Image by Derek Richards