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Soundtrack to the crisis: Deolinda

It's not with harsh rock music, but with quiet melodies that Portuguese band Deolinda has managed to stir people all over the country to mass protests.

The four-piece band Deolinda has a folk-pop sound that is heavily influenced by the traditional Portuguese folk genre of fado. Their songs are calm and melodic.

In January 2011, they debuted their song "Parva que sou" (What a Fool I Am), about their peers' lack of prospects for the future. Overnight, the song became an anthem for their generation.

Many young people in Portugal started to realize that they were not alone in their worries about finding a secure job that paid enough. Via Facebook, they called for a day of protest on March 12, 2011 and some 300,000 people gathered on the streets.

"Parva que sou" (What a Fool I Am)

I'm part of the unpaid generation
But this condition doesn't bother me
What a fool I am
Because this is bad and will only continue
I'm already lucky to get an internship
What a fool I am

And I keep thinking
What a stupid world it is
Where you have to study to be a slave

I'm part of the "I live with my parents" generation
If I already have everything, why do I want more?
What a fool I am
Children, husband, I keep postponing that
And I still have to pay for my car
What a fool I am

And I keep thinking
What a stupid world it is
Where you have to study to be a slave

I'm part of the "Why complain?" generation
On TV there's somebody who's doing much worse than I am
What a fool I am
I'm part of the "I can't do it anymore!" generation
Because this situation has been going on much too long
And I'm not a fool

And I keep thinking
What a stupid world it is
Where you have to study to be a slave

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