March 02, 2008

Brazil in the news: 50 years of bossa nova

Bossa nova fans - old and new - are celebrating 50 years of a music genre that has influenced artists everywhere. A concert was held on Saturday at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, with some of the most famous bossa nova icons joining in. To celebrate the occasion, here's a true timeless classic: Astrud Gilberto singing Tom Jobim's "Girl from Ipanema".

Tall and tanned and young and lovely

The girl from Ipanema goes walking

And when she passes, each one she passes goes - ah

When she walks, she's like a samba

That swings so cool and sways so gentle

That when she passes, each one she passes goes - ooh(Ooh)

But I watch her so sadly

How can I tell her I love her

Yes I would give my heart gladly

But each day, when she walks to the sea

She looks straight ahead, not at me

Tall, (and) tanned, (and) young, (and) lovely

The girl from Ipanema goes walking

And when she passes, I smile - but she doesn't see (doesn't see)

(She just doesn't see, she never sees me...)


Maria Martha Espindola said...

By far, the most beautiful "Brazilian" song in English!

Congrats on your blog! I love the tools you have included.

The name is beautiful, too. (And very symbolic, too!)

Love, from Misiones, Argentina.
maria martha

Mônica Veado said...

Hi Maria Martha,

I'm a huge fan of Tom Jobim and bossa nova, so I guess I must agree with you! :-) I read somewhere that Garota de Ipanema is the second most recorded song in the world (#1 is The Beatles' Yesterday)!

Thanks for visiting our blog, I'm glad you like it! Do come back!

Hugs from Brazil!

Adelaide said...

Hello from Aracaju!

I didn't know Garota de Ipanema's lyrics in English, thanks for the post. And Astrud Gilberto looks so young, amazing!