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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 10:10 PM
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Ah, you have to love the joys of different languages. Take "The Girl From Ipanema."
The original Portuguese lyrics are as follows:

Olha que coisa mais linda,
Mais cheia de graa, ela menina,
Que vem que passa
Num doce balano, caminho do mar.

Moa do corpo dourado,
Do sol de Ipanema,
O seu balanado mais que um poema
a coisa mais linda que eu j vi passar.

Ah, porque estou to sozinho?
Ah, porque tudo to triste?
Ah, a beleza que existe...
A beleza que no s minha,
Que tambm passa sozinha.

Ah, se ela soubesse,
Que quando ela passa,
O mundo sorrindo se enche de graa
E fica mais lindo, Por causa do amor.


In English this translates literally to

Look, how beautiful thing,
So full of grace, is she, girl,
who comes and passes
in a sweet swinging
in her way to the sea.

Lady in the golden body
from the sun of Ipanema,
your swing is more like a poem,
is the most beautiful thing that I ever saw passing by.

Oh!...Why am I so lonely?
Why is everything so sad?
The beauty that exists...
the beauty that is just not mine,
and that also passes alone...

If she knew
that when she passes by
The world smiling fills with grace
and becomes more beautiful, because of the love.


But in order to fit the rhythm of the song, the lyrics as sung in English become:

Tall and tan and young and lovely,
The girl from Ipanema goes walking,
And when she passes
each one she passes goes "a-a-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 "a-a-ah!"

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.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 11:30 PM
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1. a-a-ah
That is really sad.

If only it had been done by the Dan, they could have changed the rhythm of the song to fit the words.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 11:49 PM
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2. All in all, it's still a slinky song
I'll give it an 8 'cuz I can dance to it, Dick!

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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-31-07 11:53 PM
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3. Then there's the Homer and Jethro version
Short and fat and bald and bulgy
The gal from Possum Holler goes walkin'
And when she passes
each guy she passes goes "Blecch!"

When she walks and you see her from the back
it looks like two pigs fightin' in a tater sack
And when she passes
each guy she passes goes "Blecch!"




That's all I remember, except the last two lines of the chorus:

Whenever she walks through the crick
Why, even the catfish get sick


:P



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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 12:00 AM
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4. Stan Getz--Joao Gilberto
Gone, alas. Gorgeous melody. Wonderul lyric. Still tasty after almost 50 years.
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OllieLotte Donating Member (495 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-01-07 05:19 AM
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5. One of my all time favorites. n/t.
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