If you want to be my love
Don't speak to me only of love,
But talk to me about fado.
In Portugal, such an injuction in the middle of a love song is as standard as June & moon rhymes in the U.S. Fado (pronounced fah-doo), distantly related to kismet, means fate or destiny, and turns up in general conversation as often as "good luck" does in the U.S.
Best of all, Portugal likes to listen to the fado songs of dark-eyed Amalia Rodrigues. In Lisbon, every taxi driver can point out her house; her appearance...