In this song “Comida” written by Titãs back in 1987, messages about food and government assistance are shared that are still applicable to the hunger problems in Brasil today. When reviewing the song lyrics the ones that most clearly portrayed a message of dissatisfaction with government aid were: “A gente não quer só comida”. Which translates to We do not want just food. This idea of not being satisfied with simplistic necessities for life is repeated throughout the song with items like, food, drink, and money. The song uses the word “a gente” in order to create a unified voice for the people of Brasil. Titãs’s message explains that food is simply food, and money is only money which means that these very basic need that the government is providing does not create a sustainable improved quality of life for the people they are helping.
By studying audio sources we are able to gain unique insight that is lost in text sources. From rhythm, volume, and the poetry of words specific to lyrics audio the way an audio source is heard adds a new depth to the message being portrayed. Titãs song is categorized as Brasilian rock featuring strong beats and a yelling tone to his voice. By portraying his message of dissatisfaction in a rock song it is easier to pick up on his demanding tone for change. The tone of his singing has more of a speaking quality than a melodic one, making this song and its message easy to repeat by any listener. Through Titãs demanding tone his song calls “a gente” to mandate a change in the government’s support which is not fixing the hunger problem still faced in Brasil.
Although audio sources provide new and different insights not found in texts, they can indeed have a downside. Audio sources like this song portray a very biases position on an argument, only expressing dissatisfaction without any concession to the opposing argument. While the song does a good job of expressing the emotion behind the message, it also does not provide any real evidence to support the argument’s claim. Without the explicit evidence, or source documentation found in texts it is hard to deem the song’s message as a reliable source of factual information. Even thought this song may not be the most historically accurate source of information on the food problem in Brasil, I still feel that “Comida” provides valuable insight into the emotions felt by the people of Brasil towards the government’s attempted aid to the hunger problem.