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Neste barco à vela was the Portuguese entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1987 in Brussels performed by the duo Nevada. They were joined on stage by backing singers Carla Burity and Fernanda Lopes.

The song is in praise of Portugal itself. The two singers describe their "overfull boat" which apparently has a "childish look" as travelling on a "path of hope".

It was performed 8th on the night following Italy and preceding Spain. At the close of voting, it finished in 18th place with 15 points.

Lyrics

No meu país há um rio
Que corre sem parar
No meu país, o navio
Nem sempre se faz ao mar
No meu país a tristeza tem um nome solidão
No meu país a beleza invento-a na minha mão

Navego um barco vazio
Que atravessa o rio p'ró cais da saudade
Vou numa onda tão bela
Neste barco à vela que não tem idade

Navego um barco tão cheio
Contigo no meio no rumo da esperança
Vou numa onda tão bela
Neste barco à vela com ar de criança

No meu país há um rio
Que corre sem parar
No meu país, o navio
Nem sempre se faz ao mar
O meu país é um sol de raiva e alecrim
E mesmo assim tem uns olhos negros
Que esperam por mim

Navego um barco tão cheio
Contigo no meio no rumo da esperança
Vou numa onda tão bela
Neste barco à vela com ar de criança

Navego um barco tão cheio
Contigo no meio no rumo da esperança
Vou numa onda tão bela
Neste barco à vela com ar de criança

Navego um barco tão cheio
Contigo no meio no rumo da esperança
Vou numa onda tão bela
Neste barco à vela com ar de criança

Navego um barco tão cheio
Contigo no meio no rumo da esperança
Vou numa onda tão bela
Neste barco à vela com ar de criança

In my country, there's a river
That runs non-stop
In my country, there's a ship
That doesn't always go out to sea
In my country, sadness is called loneliness
In my country, beauty is invented in my hand

I'm sailing an empty boat
That crosses the river to the dock of longing
I'm sailing on a very beautiful wave
In this ageless sailing boat

I'm sailing an overfull boat
In the middle of the path of hope
I'm sailing on a very beautiful wave
In this sailing boat with a childish look

In my country, there's a river
That runs non-stop
In my country, there's a ship
That doesn't always go out to sea
My country is a sun of anger and flowers
Even tough it has dark eyes
That are waiting for me

I'm sailing an overfull boat
In the middle of the path of hope
I'm sailing on a very beautiful wave
In this sailing boat with a childish look

I'm sailing an overfull boat
In the middle of the path of hope
I'm sailing on a very beautiful wave
In this sailing boat with a childish look

I'm sailing an overfull boat
In the middle of the path of hope
I'm sailing on a very beautiful wave
In this sailing boat with a childish look

I'm sailing an overfull boat
In the middle of the path of hope
I'm sailing on a very beautiful wave
In this sailing boat with a childish look

Videos

Por87 eurovision previews 1987

Por87 eurovision previews 1987

Eurovision 1987 Portugal - Nevada - Neste barco à vela

Eurovision 1987 Portugal - Nevada - Neste barco à vela

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