Pra não dizer que não falei das flores
"Pra não dizer que não falei das flores" (Portuguese for "So that it may not be said that I did not speak about flowers"), also known as "Caminhando" (Portuguese for "Walking"), is a song composed by Geraldo Vandré that ranked second on the Festival Internacional da Canção in 1968. Afterwards, due to the song's critical tone toward the dictatorship, public playing of the song was forbidden by the Brazilian military dictatorship. The song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 28th greatest Brazilian song.
The melody has a hymn and march rhythm, and the lyric, with the verses in an easy rhyme scheme (almost all of them end with the same syllable: "ão"), to aid memorization, was widely played. The first artist ever to sing "Caminhando" after the censorship's ban was lifted was Simone, in 1979, garnering enormous success from both public and critics.
Afterwards Geraldo himself criticized the fact that she (who was already very popular) was “too wealthy” to represent his words.
- Ventura, Zuenir (1988). "Que Juventude É Essa?". 1968 - o ano que não terminou (in Portuguese) (3 ed.). São Paulo: Editora Planeta. pp. 182–184. ISBN 978-85-7665-361-5.
- Luiz, Thiago Marques (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras - "Pra Não Dizer que Não Falei das Flores"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- Political songs from Brazilian military regime (Portuguese)
- Anarchist, libertarian and rebel songs (includes an English translation)
- reflections on the city of Rio de Janeiro and the song "caminhando", interview with architect/urban designer Lucia Mazillo (ar2com, 02/04/2007)