Sunday, August 28, 2011

the girl from ipanema


I've loved this song forever but never really knew the words, or for that matter, what the artists performing it looked like.  The lyrics are simple: totally hot beach girl walking along and leaving many longing admirers in her wake. Written in 1962 and performed by Astrud Gilberto along with Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz, it won Grammy Record of the Year in 1965.  Ipanema is a seaside neighborhood of Rio de Janiero, and yes, the song was written about an actual girl -- a gorgeous 15-year old called Heloisa.

Watch a superb clip here, and read the lyrics below.  

Tall and tanned and young and lovely
the girl from Ipanema goes walking
and when she passes
each man she passes
goes Aaah!
When she moves it's like a samba
that swings so cool and sways so gently
that when she passes
each man she passes
goes Aaah!
Oh - but he watches so sadly
How - can he tell her he loves her
He - would just give his heart gladly
But each day when she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead not at he
Tall and tanned and young and lovely
the girl from Ipanema goes walking
and when she passes
he smiles
but she doesn't see
no she doesn't see
she just doesn't see...