2011: Homens Da Luta (Men of the Struggle) - Luta É Alegria (The Struggle is Joy)

Homens da Luta is a Portuguese improvisational comedy and musical street show, composed of brothers Vasco Duarte and Nuno Duarte "Jel" who are the composer and the lyricist of the song respectively. Their songs are inspired by songs sung during and after the 1974 democratic revolution, and the characters played are caricatures of the revolutionary singers of that time. They often use the term "struggle" to invoke the slogans that became famous during the revolutionary era. They appeared for the first time on television five years ago in a comedy show and they have been travelling through the cities and villages of Portugal spreading their music and their sense of humour. Also, they edited an mp3 album called A Canção é Uma Arma consisting of 14 themes and one of their most popular songs is E o povo, pá? In 2010, Homens da Luta took part in the RTP Song Festival, integrating the list for the online voting, with the song Luta assim não dá. Nonetheless their song was disqualified for failing to follow the rules of the Festival da Cançao and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Participant Profile

  • Year 2011
  • Song title Luta É Alegria (The Struggle is Joy)
  • Song writer(s) Vasco Duarte / Jel
  • Language Portuguese
  • Video

In the semi final

  • Which semi final? Semi-Final 1
  • Starting position 16
  • Rank 18
  • Points 22
  • About the selection

    The 47th edition of the Festival da Canção 2011 was used to select Portugal’s entry in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The Portuguese broadcaster RTP selected internally 21 acts but from these 21, only 12 competed for the honour of representing their country in Düsseldorf. The Portuguese audience decided who were the 12 lucky finalists via an internet vote. The Portuguese national selection process provided much interest this year which a close online voting process followed by a tight national final. After all 20 juries from the Portuguese regions had attributed points to their favourites, Homens Da Luta were far from winning the competition (6 points from the juries), but the televote largely favoured them. In the combined result they won with a margin of just one point in front of Nuno Norte and his song São os Barcos de Lisboa. Since the group are comedians and not singers, and because their victory was also based on popular support rather than the selected jury, there were some negative reactions to their win.

  • About the song

    Luta É Alegria was a controversial choice for some this year. It is a folk song with a marching rhythm which was so fashionable in the late 70s. The song is inspired by the tradition of collective singing and it refers to the struggle that the people must endure to have their voices heard, by shouting and celebrating on the street. It calls for the union of the people, and to sing against reaction. It is such a street chant.

  • Lyrics


    Por vezes dás contigo desanimado
    Por vezes dás contigo a desconfiar
    Por vezes dás contigo sobressaltado
    Por vezes dás contigo a desesperar

    De noite ou de dia
    A Luta é alegria
    E o povo avança
    É na rua a gritar

    De pouco vale o cinto sempre apertado
    De pouco vale andar a lamuriar
    De pouco vale um ar sempre carregado
    De pouco vale a raiva p´ra te ajudar

    De noite ou de dia
    A Luta é alegria
    E o povo avança
    É na rua a gritar

    Traz o pão, traz o queijo, traz o vinho
    Vem o velho, vem o novo e o menino


    Vem celebrar esta situação
    E vamos cantar contra a reacção

    Traz o pão, traz o queijo, traz o vinho
    Vem o velho, vem o novo e o menino

    Não falta quem te avise: vai com cuidado
    Não falta quem te queira mandar calar
    Não falta quem te deixe ressabiado
    Não falta quem te venda o próprio ar

    De noite ou de dia
    A Luta é alegria
    E o povo avança
    É na rua a gritar

    Traz o pão, traz o queijo, traz o vinho
    Vem o velho, vem o novo e o menino

    Vem celebrar esta situação
    E vamos cantar contra a reacção

    Traz o pão, traz o queijo, traz o vinho
    Vem o velho, vem o novo e o menino

  • Lyrics in English


    Sometimes you find yourself feeling blue
    Sometimes you find yourself feeling wary
    Sometimes you find yourself feeling alarmed
    Sometimes you find yourself feeling dispair

    Night or day
    The struggle is joy
    And people only go forward
    Shouting in the streets

    There’s no point in tightening the belt
    There’s no point in complaining
    There’s no point in frowning
    And rage is pointless, it won’t help you

    Night or day
    The struggle is joy
    And people only go forward
    Shouting in the streets

    Bring on the bread, bring on the cheese, bring on the wine
    The old will come, the young will come, the boy will come

    Come celebrate this situation
    And let us sing against reaction

    Bring on the bread, bring on the cheese, bring on the wine
    The old will come, the young will come, the boy will come

    Many people advise you to watch out
    Many people wish to silence you
    Many people want you to feel resentful
    Many people want to sell you the air itself

    Night or day
    The struggle is joy
    And people only go forward
    Shouting in the streets

    Bring on the bread, bring on the cheese, bring on the wine
    The old will come, the young will come, the boy will come

    Come celebrate this situation
    And let us sing against reaction


    Bring on the bread, bring on the cheese, bring on the wine
    The old will come, the young will come, the boy will come