Monday, February 27, 2006

Aguas de Marco (Waters of March)

Antonio Carlos Jobim
(1927 - 1994)

AKA Tom Jobim, the Man from Ipanema. Born (Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim) in Rio de Janiero, Brasil where the international airport now bears his name. Composer, arranger, singer, pianist and the man who dreamed aloud and brought the world the Bossa Nova.

The modern word for music in portuguese literally translates as "that which flows from Jobim". From Ella Fitzgerald to Frank Sinatra the musical world has been touched by this Brasillian legend. Few artists footprints tread deeper in 20th century music than those of Tom Jobim.

Aguas de Marco (Waters of March) is best known in song, as sung by the likes of Elis Regina and Rosa Passos (Both versions are accompanied by and conducted by Antonio Carlos Jobim). Elis Regina and Tom Jobin Aguas de Marco video.

Tom Jobim originally penned the lyrics for Aguas de Marco in portuguese as a poem. Jobim himself re-wrote these lyrics for the English version. The portuguese is beautiful. In English it becomes something entirely new and wonderful. Aguas de Marco or...

Waters of March

A stick, a stone,
It's the end of the road,
It's the rest of a stump,
It's a little alone

It's a sliver of glass,
It is life, it's the sun,
It is night, it is death,
It's a trap, it's a gun

The oak when it blooms,
A fox in the brush,
A knot in the wood,
The song of a thrush

The wood of the wind,
A cliff, a fall,
A scratch, a lump,
It is nothing at all

It's the wind blowing free,
It's the end of the slope,
It's a beam, it's a void,
It's a hunch, it's a hope

And the river bank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the end of the strain,
The joy in your heart

The foot, the ground,
The flesh and the bone,
The beat of the road,
A slingshot's stone

A fish, a flash,
A silvery glow,
A fight, a bet,
The range of a bow

The bed of the well,
The end of the line,
The dismay in the face,
It's a loss, it's a find

A spear, a spike,
A point, a nail,
A drip, a drop,
The end of the tale

A truckload of bricks
in the soft morning light,
The shot of a gun
in the dead of the night

A mile, a must,
A thrust, a bump,
It's a girl, it's a rhyme,
It's a cold, it's the mumps

The plan of the house,
The body in bed,
And the car that got stuck,
It's the mud, it's the mud

Afloat, adrift,
A flight, a wing,
A hawk, a quail,
The promise of spring

And the riverbank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the promise of life
It's the joy in your heart

A stick, a stone,
It's the end of the road
It's the rest of a stump,
It's a little alone

A snake, a stick,
It is John, it is Joe,
It's a thorn in your hand
and a cut in your toe

A point, a grain,
A bee, a bite,
A blink, a buzzard,
A sudden stroke of night

A pin, a needle,
A sting, a pain,
A snail, a riddle,
A wasp, a stain

A pass in the mountains,
A horse and a mule,
In the distance the shelves
rode three shadows of blue

And the riverbank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the promise of life
in your heart, in your heart

A stick, a stone,
The end of the road,
The rest of a stump,
A lonesome road

A sliver of glass,
A life, the sun,
A knife, a death,
The end of the run

And the riverbank talks
of the waters of March,
It's the end of all strain,
It's the joy in your heart.


Encarna said...

Absolutely lovely...

Anonymous said...

Isn't that silly? Been listening to -- and loving -- Jobim and his music for years (since '63), and only now do I finally stumble across this song by accident!

Talk about saving the best for last!

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