Some help with "The Girl From Ipanema"?

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  1. Bassnomer

    Bassnomer

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    My group is adding quite a few bossa nova songs to our setlist, and "The Girl From Ipanema" is one of them, of course.

    Everything that I find online and the sheet music that I bought has this chord progression:

    Fmaj7 / G7 / Gm7 / Gb7 /

    Gbmaj7 / Cb9 / F#m7 / D9 / Gm7 / Eb9 / Am7 / D7 (b9) / Gm / C7 (#5 b9)

    This chord progression sounds great, but if I play along with Sinatra & Jobim's recording or Jobim & Astrud's it doesn't sound right. I've spent some time trying to transpose it to a different key, but I can't seem to find one that works completely. The only time I've seen him do that ^ exact progression was during a performance with Andy Williams.

    For those of you who play this song, how do you play it?

    Thanks!

    Frank and Tom:
     
  2. dylanjohnson

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    Pretty sure the original is in Db.
     
  3. Jim Nazium

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    I've only ever played it in the same key you wrote in the OP. That's what's in the Real Book.
     
  4. nutdog

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    This is what I used. Matches the Getz plays Jobim version.

    Olha que coisa mais linda, Mais cheia de graça.
    É ela a menina que vem e que passa, num doce balanço a caminho do mar.
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |D |

    Moça do corpo dourado do sol de Ipanema,
    O seu balançado émais que um poema,
    Éa coisa mais linda que eu já vi passar.
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#|

    Ah, por que estou tão sozinho? Ah, por que tudo é tão triste?
    Ah, a beleza que existe, A beleza que não é só minha,
    Que também passa sozinha.
    |D | D |G |G |Dm|Dm|Bb |Bb |Ebm|Ebm|B7|B7|Fm|Bb|Eb|G#|

    Ah, se ela soubesse Que, quando ela passa,
    O mundo inteirinho se enche de graça E fica mais lindo por causa do amor,
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#|

    Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
    And when she passes, each one she passes goes – ah
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#|

    When she walks, she's like a samba that swings so cool and sways so gently
    That when she passes, each one she passes goes – aah
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#|

    Ooh But he watches so sadly, How can he tell her he loves her,
    Yes he would give his heart gladly, but instead when she walks to the sea,
    she looks straight ahead not at him,
    |D | D |G |G |Dm|Dm|Bb |Bb |Ebm|Ebm|B7|B7|Fm|Bb|Eb|G#|

    Tall, and tan, and young, and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking
    And when she passes, he smiles - but she doesn't see
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#|

    (sax solo) |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#| x2
    |D | D |G |G |Dm|Dm|Bb |Bb |Ebm|Ebm|B7|B7|Fm|Bb|Eb|G#|
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#|
    (keys) |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#| x2

    (Ooh) But he sees her so sadly, how can he tell her he loves her
    Yes he would give his heart gladly,
    But each day, when she walks to the sea
    She looks straight ahead, not at him
    |D | D |G |G |Dm|Dm|Bb |Bb |Ebm|Ebm|B7|B7|Fm|Bb|Eb|G#|

    Tall, and tan, and young, and lovely,
    the girl from Ipanema goes walking
    And when she passes, he smiles - but she doesn't see
    |C# |C# |Eb |Eb |Ebmin/G#|G# |C# |C#|

    (She just doesn't see)x6
    |C# D|
     
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  6. lorenzo251

    lorenzo251 Gold Supporting Member

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    Nutdog's version sounds right on. Thanks for the Portuguese lyrics, too.
     
  7. dylanjohnson

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    Yep, Db. The Getz Gilberto is in Db and your Frank version is in F.
     
  8. Bassnomer

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    Ah, okay. I got it. Thank you to everyone for clearing that up for me! And a big thanks to Nutdog for the all the chords and lyrics!
     
  9. drumsnbass

    drumsnbass Bassic User Supporting Member

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    Eu gosto de portugues!
     
  10. Winterpegbass

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    I play the C# version as that is the version with english language vocals.

    Most of the bands that I've seen play it in F are instrumental Jazz combos without a vocalist.
     

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