Friday, July 10, 2009

Águas de Março

For Poe tree friday: Águas de Março (The Waters of March) by the late Brazilian composer Tom Jobim.
The painting is by Paul Klee

Remembra in Brazil, in the Southern Demisphere, Marco, March, is the end of summer.

To hear it beautifully sung by the late Elis Regina click on this link:

The 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
The 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,
It's the joy in your heart
The foot, the ground, the flesh and the bone
The beat of the road, a slingshot's stone
A truckload of bricks in the soft morning light
A 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
A float, a drift, a flight, a wing
A hawk, a quail, oh, the promise of spring
And the river bank talks of the waters of March
It's the promise of life, it's the joy in your heart


Coyote Soul said...

Great lyrics, great music. I first heard this song in the 1970's, performed by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '77 on the album "Vintage 74" featuring Jobim himself on guitar. So uptempo and smooth. I may have to play the album tonight! (Love early Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 music when Lani Hall sang with the group). The Elis Regina recording was simply a delight. Ahhhhh....bossa nova!

Thanks for Poe tree friday, Waters of March and Paul Klee! And your book "Dinothesaurus" is a work of art! Also love "Winter Eyes".

jama said...

I LOVE Jobim! There's nothing like bossa nova to celebrate summer. :)

tess said...

Gosh she was wonderful.

Marinela said...

Great one :):):)

Lisa said...

Gorgeous version.

Anonymous said...

I missed this while I was on vacation...

Thanks for educating me! I'd never heard of this song before. It's lovely! And I love the Klee painting.

Happy August!

laurasalas said...

Wow, what fantastic lyrics. Not really a fan of the music itself, sorry to say, but these words. Something about it reminds me somehow of the feeling of The Graveyard Book...

Thanks for sharing!

Kim Kasch said...

Love Poe - love poems - thanks for sharing. I may have to have a poetry contest on my blog soon.

You are inspiring.

tess said...

Miss your posts!

Anonymous said...

Great lyrics, great music...nice to visit this blog..

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Jack said...

Thats a huge creativity..Keep it going..I like that picture..

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Daniel said...

I like the version by Jessica Molaskey and John Pizzarelli. It combines the song with "The Circle Game" by Joni Mitchell.