ESL Video Quiz: Diana Krall: The Boy From Ipanema

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Quiz #: 2979
(ESL Category: listening) Bossa nova classic, "The Boy from Ipanema" is borrowed from the Astrud Gilberto songbook by Vancouver's Diana Krall
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The Boy from Ipanema
-performed by Diana Krall

CHORUS: Tall and tan and young and handsome
The boy from Ipanema goes walking
And when he passes each girl he passes goes "Ah."

When he walks it's like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle
That when he passes each girl he passes goes "Ah."

Oh, but I watch him so sadly
How can I tell him I love him?
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
But each day when he walks to the sea
He looks straight ahead not at me

CHORUS: Tall and tan and young and handsome
The boy from Ipanema goes walking
And when he passes, I smile, but he doesn't see
No, he doesn't see; he doesn't see me

O but I watch him so sadly,
How can I tell him I love him?
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
But each day when he walks to the sea
He looks straight ahead not at me

CHORUS: Tall and tan and young and lovely
The boy from Ipanema goes walking
And when he passes, I smile, but he doesn't see
He just doesn't see; he just doesn't see









songwriters: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel (English lyrics) and Stan Getz

performed by: Diana Krall

date released: 1962 by Astrud Gilberto, Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz. It was released in 2009 by Diana Krall.

Diana Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in 1964. When she was four years old, she began playing the piano. As she grew older, restaurants and other small venues on Vancouver Island hired her, and by seventeen, she had already become a professional musician. She won a Vancouver Jazz Festival scholarship which took her to Boston's Berklee College of Music where other jazz luminaries such as Bob James got their early training. From there, her musical journey took her to Los Angeles and then to New York where success was awaiting her.

With several hit albums to her name, Diana Krall married Elvis Costello in 2003. She composed a selection of her own songs in collaboration with her new husband which she released on an album called "The Girl in the Other Room."

Diana Krall released "Quiet Nights", her twelfth studio album in 2009. It contained her interpretation of classic bossa nova standards from Brazil such as "So Nice" and "The Girl(Boy) from Ipanema." Many of the songs were composed by the renowned bossa nova composers, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Norman Gimbel (English lyricist).

In her career so far, Diana has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, two of which she won for Best Jazz Performance in 1999; and Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2002. A multiple winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and seven Juno Awards, she was awarded membership in the Order of British Columbia in 2002. Even more prestigious, Diana Krall was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005. In 2003, she was given an honourary PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Motherhood notwithstanding, we can expect more accolades to come for our premiere jazz songstress.


















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