It has room to grow, probably with a contrasting part. I would probably present this in a concert setting, and my first option would be a soprano, though I'd be willing to reconsider if there was a better idea. We will probably record and play this piece on Spring 2013, so whoever helps me gets an art song recorded with their name on it (SUPER EXCELLENT). And makes a Brazilian composer happy.
As much as I would love to make this a collaborative experience, I don't want to break hearts with my non-native speaker discernment. I'd take anything Owen wrote, but that would be a personal marketing decision. Unless you're Owen, then, PM me if you are interested in working with me on this.
Some of my favorite lyrics come from musicians who aren't native English speakers, they often come across as more direct and honest than most people who are too comfortable speaking it, there is a tendency for said people to use overcomplicated metaphors and nonsense under the guise of being artistic (which only Van Dyke Parks seems to pull off). ---Personally I'd advise you to try on your own and maybe share with the board if you want further help!
First of all, Gammonize, thanks for trying! I'd like to see your words if you wouldn't mind to share them.
I think I could write two string quartets in the time it'd take for me to make up my mind for lyrics for this. Since Sarpedon suggested I wrote the lyrics myself, I have been haunted by words coming and going and they don't really convince me. I think having someone else write them would be the external fertile injection this piece needs.
I used to write poetry and stuff when I was younger. Nowadays I'm so ashamed of *everything* I wrote that I dare not begin to write words with artistic intentions again.
I'd love to help, but it will be no good unless it's organic, and like the others have said, I think that you should try, I have a few buddies from Brazil and their English is great, I'm sure yours is fine, and if you want, you can put it in portuguese. I mean, tons of people listen to Sigur Ros, and most of their music isn't even in a real language (Jonsi calls it "Hopelandic").