The Girl from Ipanema

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When She Passes, Each One She Passes Goes Aaah May 29, 2007
THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA

I urge you to listen to the classic Sinatra and Jobim duet:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=voR2QQw9zR8

When I think of Rio de Janeiro, my mind always wanders to "The Girl From Ipanema."

The popular myth is that the song was inspired by Héloisa Pinheiro, a teenage girl who lived on Rua Montenegro in Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Ipanema district. Every day, she would stroll past the popular Bar Velosa on her way to the beach, attracting the attention of regulars Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.

In fact, it was originally composed for a musical comedy entitled Dirigível (Blimp), which was a work in progress of Vinícius de Moraes. The original title was "Menina que Passa" ("The Girl Who Passes by"), and the famous first verse was completely different. Jobim composed the melody meticulously on the piano at his new home in Rua Barão da Torre, in Ipanema. Vinícius, in turn, had written the lyrics in Petrópolis, near Rio, as he had done with "Chega de Saudade" six years earlier.

The true part of the myth is that the composers did in fact know Héloisa and later connected the song's creation with her. They saw her pass by as they sat in the Veloso bar, during the winter of 1962. They noticed her several times on her way to the beach, to school, to the dressmaker and even to the dentist.

It's not hard to imagine why they'd remember her; she was an attractive 5 feet, 8 inches tall (173 cm) teen. Jobim would later say, “She had long, golden hair, these bright green eyes that shone at you and a fantastic figure; let’s just say that she had everything in the right place.”

Today, Montenegro Street is called “Rua Vinícius de Moraes” and the Veloso Bar is named “A Garôta de Ipanema.”

Garôta de Ipanema

Music – Antonio Carlos Jobim

Lyrics – Vinicius de Moraes

Olha que coisa mais linda

mais cheia de graça

É ela menina que vem e que passa

nun doce balanço, caminho do mar...

Moça do corpo dourado, do sol de Ipanema

O seu balançado é mais que un poema

é a coisa mais linda

que eu já vi passar...

Ah! Porque estou tão sozinho

Ah! Porque tudo é tão triste

Ah! A beleza que existe

A beleza que não é só minha

que também passa sozinha

Ah! Se ela soubesse

que quando ela passa

o mundo sorrindo

se enche de graça

e fica mais lindo

por causa do amor

por causa do amor

por causa do amor.

The Girl From Ipanema

Music – Antonio Carlos Jobim

English lyrics – Norman Gimbel

Tall and tan and young and lovely

The girl from Ipanema goes walking

And when she passes, each one she passes goes "aaah!"

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 "aaah!"

Oh, 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 tan and young and lovely

The girl from Ipanema goes walking

And when she passes, I smile

But she doesn't see

She just doesn't see

No, she doesn't see.
Tall and tan and young and lovely..
Garôta de Ipanema Café and Bar
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jaygomes says:
por causa do amor ♥♥♥ it always makes me smile!
thanks for this post
Posted on: Jul 16, 2011
kumikob says:
It's one of my fav songs!
Posted on: Jul 12, 2011
a1or57 says:
luv the song!! there is a resturant in Beijing named after her: Ipanema Girl
Posted on: Jan 26, 2010
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