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Brazilian Music Lyrics & Ethnic Lyrics

Brazilian Music Lyrics and other Ethnic Lyrics is Appendix D in a 10 part series on How to Write a Song. Here you can search the lyrics of Chico Buarque, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Gilberto Gil.

You'll also find traditional and contemporary lyrics by Mexican, Irish and Spanish songwriters.

Again, studying all types of writers and their lyrics improves our own songwriting. I have also listed great English hit songs that have included foreign lyrics.


Visit BossaNovaGuitar if you're looking for the Brazilian music lyrics of the great Bossa Nova writers. Here is a collection of the greatest songs by the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Joao Gilberto to name a few. There is also an album index and a place to purchase MP3s.

LyricalBrazil has an English translation for every Portuguese lyric. The page takes a little time to load but it's worth it if you want to see videos of your favorite Brazilian writers and artists.


Elmariachi has a lyrical list of all the great mariachi songs. You need to look no further if you're in search of Mexican lyrics.

Categories on the site include: artists, blogs, events, chat, forums, sheet music and of course, lyrics.

Mariachi is the most traditional form of folk music in Mexico. It is played with stringed instruments. It has slowly been influenced by polkas and waltzes. It also now incorporates the trumpet.


Irish Song Lyrics has all the great Irish drinking song lyrics as well as the heartfelt timeless ballads of the Irish tradition. Songs are in alphabetical order all the way from "A Begging I Will Go" to "Ye Jacobites My Name".

Also included are podcasts, a Celtic Music CD Store, Irish and Celtic music downloads and the opportunity to find Irish sheet music.


Latin Music is a comprehensive site on Latin music which includes lyrics from traditional as well as contemporary Latin artists. It incorporates the music of Spain and all of Latin America including popular Spanish American music.

Categories here include: singers, lyrics, songs, genres and videos. Each is organized in alphabetical order.

Great songwriters can be found all over the world and in many different languages. Many great English hit songs have been written which have included foreign languages.

Lennon/McCartney - Michelle
Lennon/McCartney - Across the Universe
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers
Madonna - La Isla Bonita
Beck - Loser
Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
Sting - Desert Rose
U2 - Vertigo
ELO - Hold On Tight
Franz Ferdinand - Darts of Pleasure
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Styx - Mr. Roboto
ABBA - Voulez-Vous
Labelle - Lady Marmalade
Lionel Richie - All Night Long
Billy Idol - Eyes Without a Face
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

*Can you name the English language songs that include some foreign language lyrics? Play This Game

I hope you have enjoyed Brazilian Music Lyrics and Ethnic Lyrics as much as I enjoyed creating it. Remember, it's important to study all kinds of music and lyrics if we are to become better songwriters!

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