The Brazilian World Cup Protest Movement Now Has A Theme Song, And It’s Gone Viral

  • Rick Chandler

In case you thought that things had settled down in the Brazilian protest movement, they haven’t: it’s just that people aren’t actively rioting right now. Many are still upset that millions are being spent on sports — this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics — while much of the country continues to live in poverty.

Now the movement has a theme song, and every protest needs a theme song. A Brazilian artist has recorded a ditty called ‘Desculpa Neymar’ (‘I’m Sorry, Neymar’), his apology to the Brazilian FC Barcelona star Neymar for not being able to cheer for Brazil at the World Cup this year. The song is massively popular in Brazil, having been played on TV after debuting on YouTube, and is also going viral elsewhere as well. Lyrics translated below.

Here are the lyrics (via BuzzFeed’s Conz Preti):

I’m sorry Neymar,
But during this world cup I won’t be cheering for you,
I’m tired of watching our people fading slowly on TV shows,
In the meantime FIFA worries about standards,
We’re guided by thieves that play dirty to win,
I’m sorry Neymar, I’m not cheering this time.

Parreira I saw,
That Tetra [championship] make people so happy,
But we won’t be real champions spending over 10 billion to have the world cup in the country,
We have beautiful and monumental stadiums,
In the meantime schools and hospitals are about to fail,
Parreira I saw, an abyss between the two Brazils.

Sorry Felipao,
When Cafu lifted the World Cup and showed it,
Your roots in such a solemn moment which turned Jardim Irene in a portrait of Brazil,
The promised spring never came,
Life is worth more than a goal,
And the improvements where are they?
Sorry Felipao, our country didn’t flourish.

I know supporter,
That my simple and honest opinion,
Won’t make you that makes little money and lives poorly,
Stop going to the end together with our team,
Even without money to pay an expensive ticket,
You’ll never stop loving our team wherever they go,
I know supporter, it’s you that is right.

The World Cup begins on June 12, with Brazil playing the Group Stage opener vs. Croatia that evening. Sounds like fun, except for the tear gas.