When this song was broadcast on the radio on 25 April 1974, it was the pre-arranged signal for everybody informed to take action starting the so-called „Carnation Revolution“ in Portugal. Even though written in 1964, it has the status of a traditional hymn in Portugal. In fact, the melody has traditional roots and similarities to other Alentejan folksongs such as “Rouxinol“ are obvious.
Just basically tabbed. The melody mostly can be played from the first chord position. Accompany yourself with some light arpeggios. Part [ A ] introduces the melody, which is repeated in part [ B ] one fifth higher. That is mainly it. Just some remarks on this sweet piece of music:
a. Sometimes I hear this in 4/4 time signature. That is ok, but I learned it the other way. To me, the 4/4 gives the tune a bit of a marching character, which I don’t like.
b. Another thing: Some replace the Dm with a G7. That is also fine, I just prefer it that way.
c. The semiquavers or 1/16 notes are embellishments which are typical for the singing style in the Alentejo region. Sometimes, they are a little hard to play. In this case, you can just leave them out and prolong the preceding note.