A stick a stone
it's the end of the road,

it's the rest of the 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 the 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 a slope.

It’s a beam, it's a void,
it's a hunch, it's a hope.

And the riverbank talks.
Of the water of March

it's the end of the strain,
it's the joy in your heart.

The foot, the ground,
the flesh, the bone,

the beat of the road,
a slingshot stone.

a fish, a flash,
a silvery glow,

a fight, a bet,
the range of the 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 the cold, it's the mumps.

The plan of the house,
the body in bed,

the car that got stuck,
it's the mud, it's the mud.

A float, a drift,
a flight, a wing,

ahawk, a quail,
the promise of spring.

And the riverbanks talks.
Of the waters of March.

It’s the promise of life,
it's the joy in your heart,

a snake, a stick,
it is john, it is joe,

it's a thorn in your hand,
and a cut on your toe.

A point, a grain,
a bee, a bite,

a blink, a buzzard,
the sudden stroke of night.

A pin, a needle,
a sting, a pain,

a snail, a riddle,
a weep, a stain.

A pass in the mountains.
A horse, a mule,

in the distance the shelves.
Rode three shadows of blue.

And the riverbank talks
of the promise of life
in your heart, in your heart

a stick, a stone,
the end of the load,

the rest of the stump,
a lonesome road.

a sliver of glass,
a life, the sun,

a night, 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



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    General Comment:could anyone explain the meaning of this song?? I know there's something beyond the lyrics...
    goth8on December 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:this is a simply-put love song that might not make a lotta sense to some people.....i like the portuguese version better
    marikiton March 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:what are the portuguese lyrics?
    oboon February 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:This song was voted the All-time greatest Brazillian song by over 200 Brazilian journalists, musicians and artists back in 2001 - Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote the music, along with both the English and Portugese lyrics for the song.
    Waters of March isn't a traditional song, but a series of image that sort of form a collage. Everything goes back to the Waters of March (or Spring waters) - it could be said the Waters of March are a metaphor for the passing of life and the natural, daily progression towards death.
    One critic pointed out that the music constantly progresses downward, like the spring waters flowing downward from the mountains to the sea when the ice melts.
    According to Oscar Castro-Neves, Jobim told him he wrote this stream of consciouness as his version of therapy - it saved him thousands of dollars in psycho analysis.
    The difference between the Portugese and English versions - there are actually more lyrics in English. In Portugese every lyric begins with E.. in English Its. Jobim avoided writing any words with Latin roots in the English version.
    jimraw1on August 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:A brazilian portuguese speaker, I will say the words above are not all an exact or good translation (but they're close). Aguas de Marco (or Waters of March) probably translates better to people in Northern Hemisphere as Waters of September when our summer closes up here and you're reminiscing on all the brief images of what what occurred in the summer now being left behind you. People have said it means a lot of other things, even Jobim, but if you look at his recordings (such as his famous one from 1978 with Elis Regina) he repeats and sings "close of summer" (fechando o verao) 4 different times throughout the song as he says Waters of March. Some of the images are clearly summer-related (such as summer projects) "bricks coming" "project for the house" "party on the ridge" "festival" "a cut on the hand" etc. while "close of summer" is repeated, "end of the road" is repeated. Many have speculated other meanings (and I beleive Jobim intented the interpretations to be 'open ended') . . . but he clearly had an "end of summer" theme on his mind while he wrote stream of consciousness. I think he also liked having so many interpretations open to all so he never gave a definative commentary on it. Made it more universal not to do so.
    Ronaldo12on May 31, 2011   Link

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