Smoking Snakes – Lyrics

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Music by: Brodén Text by: Brodén / Sundström

We remember, no surrender
Heroes of our century

Three men stood strong and they held out for long
Going into the fight, to their death that awaits
Crazy or brave, will it end in the grave?
As they’re giving their lives as their honour dictates

Far, far from home, to a war
Fought on foreign soil and
Far, far from known, tell their tale,
Their forgotten story
Cobras Fumantes, eterna é sua vitória

Rise, from the blood of your heroes
You were the ones who refused to surrender
The three, rather die than to flee, know that your memory
will be sung for a century

Three took the blow, while impressing their foe
Throwing dice with their lives as they’re paying the price
Sent to raise hell, hear the toll of the bell
It is calling for you as the Wehrmacht devised

Sent over seas to be cast into fire
Fought for a purpose with pride and desire
Blood of the brave they would give to inspire
Cobras Fumantes, your memory lives

Historic Fact

Most of us have heard the expression “when pigs fly” but in a different part of the world another popular saying was that “It’s more likely for a snake to smoke a pipe than for the Brazilian expeditionary force to go to the front and fight” in the same context. However, one day in 1944 the snake did smoke and over 25.000 Brazilians left to join WW2. This is the story about three of them who fought so bravely against a much larger opposing force.
Located in the mountains and heavily defended by the Germans as a last bastion to block the advance of allied troops in the direction of the Po Valley, on 14 April 1945, Montese became the stage for the most arduous and bloody battle of Brazilian troops in Italy.
Three Brazilian soldiers on patrol were attacked by German forces. Outnumbered, the patrol was ordered to surrender. The three men took cover and opened fire on the enemy until running out of ammunition. Not satisfied, they proceeded to pitch their bayonets and advanced against the Germans and consequently were fired upon and shot dead.
In recognition of the bravery of those soldiers and in tribute to their memory, the Germans buried them and placed a cross with the inscription “Drei Brasilianischen Helden” (Three Brazilian Heroes)
In honour of the three heroes:
Arlindo Lúcio da Silva
Geraldo Baeta da Cruz
Geraldo Rodrigues de Souza