The Girl from Ipanema (Half-Valved Harmonica)

Key: F (C harp in 12th position)

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N.B. This song includes valve bends on 5 blow, 6 blow, 7 draw


  6       5       5   -4     6        5      5    5  

Tall and tan and young and lovely 

  -4    6      5       5  -4   6  5   5    5    5 

The girl from  Ipanema goes walking 

  -4      -5       -4   -4 -4       4      5       4     4     4   -3/      4 

And when she passes, each one she passes goes “Aah”


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 “Aah”


-5   6/  -5  5/  -5  5/  -4/  5/

Oh, but I watch her so sadly

- 6/  -6  -6/  6/  -6/  6/   5   6/

How can I tell her “I love you?"

-6    -7/   -6      6      -6     6      -5    6

Yes, I would give my heart gladly

-6      -7/      7        4       -4       5    -5   6    -6/

But each day, when she walks to the sea

-6       -7/          -3/     4   -4    5    -5    6/

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