Song Lyric Sunday: Antônio Carlos Jobim, “Blue Train (Trem Azul)”

Jim is using the old formula for a happy marriage, for the bride to wear "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" on her wedding day, as the prompt for today’s Song Lyric Sunday. I’ve been in a bossa nova mood today, so I went out looking to see if Antônio Carlos (Tom) Jobim had written any songs with any of those words. What I found was "Blue Train," or "Trem Azul" if you prefer the Portuguese. He recorded it on his 1994 album Antônio Brasileiro, the album that was released on December 11, 1994, a few days after his death, though it had been finished for almost a year before then. Jobim wrote the music and lyrics, which are in English (except for the last refrain).

The lyrics, from Genius:

You take the blue train
The sun on your head
The sun takes the blue train
With you in my head
The sun on your head

Things that come sometimes
And we forget to say
Phrases in the wind
Now an then come to remind
Of things that have remained
For a long time to be said
In the wind a song (whispered but the wind)
A love song wants to fly, fly

So you take the blue train
The sun on your head
The sun takes the blue train
With you in my head
The sun on your head

Você pega o trem azul
O sol na cabeça
O sol pega o trem azul
Você na cabeça
O sol na cabeça

I checked with Google Translate, and the Portuguese lyrics are the lyrics of the refrain (You take the blue train/The sun on your head…)

That’s Song Lyric Sunday, and Song of the Day, for June 6, 2021.

10 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Antônio Carlos Jobim, “Blue Train (Trem Azul)”

  1. This is a lovely choice, John. So many songs today are completely new to me including this one. Love the trumpet.

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