“A Flor e o Espinho” was composed in 1957. Guilherme de Brito and Alcides Caminha wrote the words and Nelson Cavaquinho the melody. Raul Moreno recorded it that same year. The song became quite popular when Elizeth Cardoso recorded it in 1964. Cavaquinho himself recorded it in 1973.

The way I’m playing it here comes from Paulinho Moska’s version. I think he recorded it specifically for the Woman on Top soundtrack, which includes six recordings by him.