Song Lyric Sunday – The Girl from Ipanema

The prompt from Jim:

This week we have length and size prompts of Long/Short/Small/Tall and the song that you choose must contain one of these prompt words in either the title or the lyrics

“Tall and tan and young and lovely…”

What a great description of a beautiful young woman. “The Girl from Ipanema” was written in 1962. The music by Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and the Portuguese lyrics written by the Brazilian poet and lyricist Vinícius de Moraes. The song was originally written for a musical comedy of Jobim’s. The original title was “Menina que Passa” (“The Girl Who Passes By”).

The inspiration for the song was a young woman from Rio de Janeiro named Heloísa Eneida Paes Pinto Mendes Pinheiro.  She became the inspiration for the song when the songwriters saw her walking to the beach in Ipanema. She was always the subject of wolf whistles as she walked through her hometown.

The American lyrics for the song were written by American Lyricist Norman Gimbel who also wrote the song “Killing Me Softly with His Song” among many others. The song was released in 1964, performed by Stanley Getz, a jazz saxophonist, with vocals by Astrud Gilberto, and won the “Record of the Year” at the 7th Annual Grammy Awards. The style of the song is predominately bossa nova style.

Heloísa Eneida Paes Pinto Mendes Pinheiro (known as Helô Pinheiro) became a bit of a celebrity following the success of the song. She went on to become a businesswoman and model and would become a Brazilian Playboy Playmate in 1967 and again in later years in a pictorial with her daughter.

In 2001, the heirs of the copyright owners sued Helô Pinheiro because she named her boutique Garota de Ipanema (The title of the song in Portuguese). The courts ruled in her favor.

Frank Sinatra recorded the song with Antônio Carlos Jobim in 1967.

This song has been one of the most widely recorded songs internationally. This version by Amy Winehouse is just another example.

The Girl from Ipanema
Lyrics from

Tall and tan 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 – ah

(Ooh) But he watch her so sadly
How can he tell her he loves her
Yes I would give my heart gladly
But each day, that she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at he

Tall, (and) tan, (and) young, (and) lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, he smile – but she doesn’t see
(Doesn’t see)
(She just doesn’t see, she never sees him)

Song Lyric Sunday is hosted every Sunday by Jim Adams. If you would like to join in the fun, check out his blog for the rules and to take in all the other music posted by other bloggers.


SoCS – The Nerve

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you every week by Linda Hill. Check out her blog for the rules and the contribution of other bloggers.

This week’s prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “nerve.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

My parents had a habit of saying “you are getting on my last nerve” which roughly translated meant ‘this is your last warning. Shut your mouth, clear the decks, and scram while there’s still time‘. My parents’ bark was worse than their bite, but no way we were prepared to challenge them. I mean we were brave, but not that brave.

I started thinking about Saturday morning cartoons. I kept thinking there was a cartoon character that said “oh the noive” but if there was I was unsuccessful in pulling it from my mental archives. All I could come up with was the Cowardly Lion from “The Wizard of Oz”. Maybe I mixed them up. Help a fellow blogger out. If there was a cartoon character that said something close to that, drop it in the comments. Elmer Fudd? Bugs Bunny? Snagglepuss?

Now I can’t get this song out of my head. Oh, the nerve of it all!