The Rivers of March

SMcCorkle This post is for family and friends who like me (ten years ago) didn’t know about this song recently voted the most popular Brazilian song ever. I am listening to Susannah McCorkle sing Águas de Março and I found this lovely and thoughtful presentation in Wikipedia.

"All these details swirling around the central metaphor of "the waters of March" can give the impression of the passing of daily life and its continual, inevitable progression towards death, just as the rains of March mark the end of a Brazilian summer. Both sets of lyrics speak of the water being "the promise of life," perhaps allowing for other, more life-affirming interpretations, and the English contains the additional phrases "the joy in your heart" and the "promise of spring," a seasonal reference that would be more relevant to most of the English-speaking world."

You can read more about Susannah many places including this blog post of mine from 2007.


About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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2 Responses to The Rivers of March

  1. Deb says:

    Hey, Jim, I have the definitive recording, according to Wikipedia, as Leanne gave me Tom Jobim 30 Years (a gift from her time in Brazil). It is the recording from Elis and Tom. And I have Art Garfunkle’s recording from my favorite, Breakaway. Aren’t you surprised:-) Love, Deb

  2. JaAG says:

    I am not surprised. <smile>

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