Waters of MarchWords & Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Recorded by Susannah McCorkell, 1993
E7 A AM7 Em6 A7 A stick, a stone, it's the end of the road; A7/6 D9 BbM7 A It's feeling alone, it's the weight of your load; A+5 A7/6 D9 It's a sliver of glass, it's life, it's the sun; D6 Dm6 Bm7-5 A It's night, it's death, it's a knife, it's a gun; AM7 Em6 A7 D6 A flower that blooms, a fox in the brush; BbM7 Fdim Bm7-5 A A knot in the wood, the song of a thrush; AM7 Em6 A7 D6 A myst'ry of life, the steps in the hall; BbM7 Fdim Bm7-5 A The sound of the wind, and the waterfall. E7/6 A AM7 Em6 A7 It's the moon floating free, it's the curve of the slope; A7/6 D9 BbM7 A It's an ant, it's a bee, it's a reason for hope; A+5 A7/6 A7/9 D9 And the river bank sings of the waters of March; BbM7 Fdim Bm7-5 A It's the promise of spring, it's the joy in your heart. A AM7 Em6 A7 A spear, a spike, a stake, a nail; A7/6 D9 BbM7 A It's a drip, it's a drop, it's the end of the tale; A+5 A7/6 D9 The dew on the leaf in the morning light, D6 Dm6 Bm7-5 A The shot of a gun in the dead of the night; AM7 Em6 A7 D6 A mile, a must, a thrust, a bump, BbM7 Fdim Bm7-5 A It's the will to survive, it's a jolt, it's a jump; A AM7 Em6 D6 Blue print of a house, a body in bed; BbM7 Dm6 Bm7-5 A Car stuck in the mud, it's the mud, it's the mud; AM7 Em6 A7 A fish, a flash, a wish, a wing; A7/6 D9 BbM7 A It's a hawk, it's a dove, it's the promise of spring; A+5 A7/6 A7/9 D And the river bank sings of the waters of March; BbM7 Fdim Bm7-5 A It's the promise of spring, it's the joy in your heart. E7 A AM7 Em6 A7 A stick, a stone, it's the end of the road; A7/6 D9 BbM7 A The stump of a tree, it's a frog, it's a toad; AM7 Em6 A7 D6 A sigh, a breath, a walk, a run; BbM7 Fdim Bm7-5 A A life, a death, the rain, the sun; A+5 A7/6 A7/9 D And the river bank sings of the waters of March; Dm6 BbM7 Fdim A It's the promise of life, it's the joy in your heart.
This one had been requested months ago, and I had to tell the requester, "Sorry, this one's beyond me." Then recently I received four Antonio Carlos Jobim charts from a frequent visitor, firstname.lastname@example.org, of which this was one -- all in the original Portuguese, and all alledgedly as Jobim played them. Now, to be honest, I couldn't play the chords (much less, sing Portuguese) but he did provide me the key that enabled me to finally get close. If you're interested in looking at the originals as they were sent to me, go to http://casa.cifras.virgula.terra.com.br/
Susannah McCorkle reminds me a great deal of Diana Krall, with touches of Julie London -- another way of saying they don't get much better. It was her recording from which I transcribed this chart; she interspersed Portuguese and English, and I have cut it down to the English. Sadly, McCorkle took her life only eight years after recording the version from which I transcribed.