Portugal: Where you have to study to be a slave – Parva Que Sou – Deolinda

Not only in the Arabic world where young protesters have overturned regimes installed decades ago and kept alive by generous aid from abroad and oppression of their citizens, this summer also in Europe young people in many countries were filling the streets with their protest and anger.

In Lisbon, Portugal earlier this year about 300’000 people were protesting against so-called austerity cuts and the way how current politicians want to remedy the damages from the global financial crisis on the back of the poorest and the young. These were the biggest protests in Portugal since the Carnation Revolution in 1974 that overturned dictatorship.

A song that got accidentally famous on the Internet in Portugal is currently making its way across Europe. It strongly expresses the feelings of the “lost generation” in Portugal and other European countries where unemployment in this age group can be as high as 40% (Portugal 27%) with many of the “others” receiving just marginal pay for their work as interns.

The song is by the Portuguese group Deolinda and is called “Parva que sou” (“I’m a fool”). You’ll find the Portuguese lyrics with the video below on YouTube. We’ve included our best shot at a translation and the English lyrics for “Parva que sou”.




English translation for “Parva que sou”:


I’m from the generation “without-pay”.
And that doesn’t even bother me.
What a fool I am!

Because this is bad and it’s going to continue.
And I’m already lucky that I can work as an intern.
What a fool I am!

And I’m thinking,
which world is so stupid
where to become a slave you need to study.

I’m from the generation “mom & dad’s house”
If I already have everything why bother for more?
What a fool I am!

Children, a husband, I’m always delaying,
and I still have to pay for the car.
What a fool I am!

And I’m thinking,
which world is so stupid
where to become a slave you need to study.

I’m from the generation “why should I complain”
there is always someone worse off than me on TV.
What a fool I am!

I’m from the generation “can’t take it anymore”
and this situation has been going on for too long.
But I’m no fool!

And I’m thinking,
which world is so stupid
where to become a slave you need to study.

And I’m thinking,
which world is so stupid
where to become a slave you need to study.


More information: Deolinda’s web site

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3 Responses to “Portugal: Where you have to study to be a slave – Parva Que Sou – Deolinda”

  1. Malcolm Hoye Says:

    This is a really great blog. Thx to the auther

  2. stone crusher Says:

    Easy come, easy go…

    Eat to live, but not live to eat…

  3. Luciano Ungar Says:

    Thankyou for sharing the information with us.