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Pega o nego dá no nego

É ruim de pegar

Pega o nego dá no nego

No meio da mata virgem
Onde o nego se escondia
Era o capitão do mato
Atrás de escravo corria
Quando a luta ali travava
No meio da capoeira
Era aí que o senhorzinho
Via que não é brincadeira

Pega o nego dá no nego

É ruim de pegar

Pega o nego dá no nego

Ninguém vai achar

Pega o nego dá no nego

Tinha um homem valente
Que era muito respeitado
Sobrinho de Ganga Zumba
No quilombo mais falado
Que ganhou a liderança
Para defender povo dali
No Quilombo dos Palmares
Era o guerreiro Zumbi

Pega o nego dá no nego

É ruim de pegar

Pega o nego dá no nego

Ninguém vai achar

Pega o nego dá no nego

No tempo do cativeiro era muita covardia
Nego era caçado dia e noite e noite e dia
Já cansado de apanhar
Ele criou a capoeira
Que era para se libertar
Fugir de qualquer maneira

Pega o nego dá no nego

É ruim de pegar

Pega o nego dá no nego

Ninguém vai achar

Pega o nego dá no nego
Catch the black man, give it to him

He’s hard to catch

Catch the black man, give it to him

In the middle of virgin forest
Where the black man hid
It was the captain of the bush
Who chased after slaves
When the fight was fought there
In the middle of the underbrush
That’s when the little sir
Saw that it was no joke

Catch the black man, give it to him

He’s hard to catch

Catch the black man, give it to him

Nobody will find him

Catch the black man, give it to him

There was a brave man
Who was very respected
Nephew of Ganga Zumba
In the most talked about quilombo
Who won the leadership
To defend people there
In the Quilombo dos Palmares
He was the warrior Zumbi

Catch the black man, give it to him

He’s hard to catch

Catch the black man, give it to him

Nobody will find him

Catch the black man, give it to him

In the time of captivity it was a lot of cowardice
The black man was hunted day and night and night and day
Already tired of being beaten
He created capoeira
So as to break free
To escape by any means

Catch the black man, give it to him

He’s hard to catch

Catch the black man, give it to him

Nobody will find him

Catch the black man, give it to him
Author: Mestre Esquilo