Chovendo na Roseira was introduced in March 1970 as a short instrumental piece titled Children’s Games. It was one of twelve songs composed by Jobim and arranged by Eumir Deodato for the US film “The Adventurers”.
Around the time of the film release, Jobim recorded a longer version of Children’s Games for his album Stone Flower, issued in July 1970. Recorded at the studios of Rudy van Gelder, legendary recording engineer of jazz, and arranged and conducted by Eumir Deodato, Stone Flower inlcuded Urbie Green on trombone, Ron Carter on bass and João Palma on drums amongst others, and is considered as one of Jobim’s finest albums.
In Brazil, Chovendo na Roseira was first recorded in 1971 either by Osmar Milito or Luiz Carlos Vinhas, both using Jobim additional lyrics titled Chovendo na Roseira.
Children’s Games aka Chovendo na Roseira was also recorded as Double Rainbow with English lyrics by Gene Lees, presumably first in 1974 by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’77.
The same year, Elis Regina recorded what is most likely the best known version of the song on her collaboration album with Jobim titled Elis & Tom. The album was produced by Aloysio de Oliveira and arranged by César Camargo Mariano who also played electric piano on Chovendo na Roseira.
Selected recordings of Chovendo na Roseira:
1. Antônio Carlos Jobim from the album Stone Flower (1970, CTI Records [USA] CTI 6002 and CTI Records [BRA] LPS 624.513)
2. Luiz Carlos Vinhas and Os Kalangos from the single Capim Gordura b/w Chovendo na Roseira (1971, Tapecar CS-313)
3. Osmar Milito and Quarteto Forma from the album E Deixa o Relógio Andar! (1971, Som Livre SIG 1004)
4. Luiz Eça and Quinteto Villa-Lobos from the album Vanguarda (1972, Odeon SMOFB 3730)
5. Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim from the album Elis & Tom (1974, Philips 6349 112)
6. Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’77 from the album Vintage 74 (1974, Circa – 1305)
7. Dom Um Romão from the album Hotmosphere (1976, Pablo Records/Philips 2310 777)
Selected recordings of Chovendo na Roseira originally not issued in Brazil:
1. Antônio Carlos Jobim from the film The Adventurers (1970, Paramount Records [USA] SPFL 260)
2. Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Miúcha from the album The Best of Two Worlds – Stan Getz & João Gilberto (1976, Columbia [USA] PC 33703)
Chovendo na Roseira performed by Elis Regina and Antônio Carlos Jobim during the recording sessions in 1974
CHOVENDO NA ROSEIRA
Olha, está chovendo na roseira • Que só dá rosa, mas não cheira • A frescura das gotas úmidas • Que é de Luisa • Que é de Paulinho • Que é de João • Que é de ninguém
Pétalas de rosa carregadas pelo vento • Um amor tão puro carregou meu pensamento • Olha, um tico-tico mora ao lado • E passeando no molhado • Adivinhou a primavera
Olha que chuva boa prazenteira • Que vem molhar minha roseira • Chuva boa criadeira • Que molha a terra • Que enche o rio • Que limpa o céu • Que traz o azul
Olha o jasmineiro está florido • E o riachinho de água esperta • Se lança em vasto rio de águas calmas • Ah, você é de ninguém • Ah, você é de ninguém
Listen • The rain is falling on the roses • The fragrance drifts across the garden • Like the scent of some forgotten melody • This melody belongs to you • Belongs to me, belongs to no one
See the way the crimson petals • Scatter when the wind blows • Ah, the secret sigh of love • That suddenly the heart knows • See how a robin’s there among the puddless • And, hopping through the misty rain drops • He’s come to tell us it is spring
Look at the double rainbow • The rain is silver in the sun light • A fleeting fox is in the garden • Rain sweet lovin’mother rain • That soaks the earth • That swells the streams • That cleans the sky • And brings the blue
See how the jasmin tree is all in flower • The little brook of clever waters • Flows into a vast river • Ah, you belong to no one • Ah, you belong to no one