16 August 2017 - First appearing on the album, The Composer of Desafinado Plays in 1963, Agua de Beber has become a standard for both bossa nova and latin jazz. Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes, the song is majorly metaphoric. Nature is one of the reccurring themes in Jobim’s portfolios and it’s present on this track. The persona of the song compares the love he receives from his romantic partner to the water that plants receive. Similarly to how the plant cannot survive without water, the persona implies that he cannot live without the water.
Agua de Beber is one of Jobim’s more upbeat compositions with a lead melody that flows like water and riffs that hit like the rain drops on the roof of a home. Agua de Beber means "drinking water" in English. The lyrics of the English version of the song were written by Normal Gimbel and has since been performed by a number of American jazz artists, most notable among these are Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
Agua de Beber is on Seasalt's Sunshine and Sundown playlist this month.