Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Astrud Gilberto, “Dindi”

Jim’s prompt this weeks is "Songs by Tom, Dick, or Harry." You know that looks a little too much like a challenge…

Arguably, the greatest name in bossa nova composition is Antonio Carlos Jobim, who was called "Tom" by his friends, one of whom was Frank Sinatra, with whom he did an album in 1967, Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Tom came to the attention of the American listening audience when his song "The Girl From Ipanema" (with Portuguese lyrics from Vincius de Moraes and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel) appeared on the 1964 album Getz/Gilberto, which featured Stan Getz on saxophone, JoΓ£o Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Jobim on piano, and Gilberto’s then-wife Astrud, who had not sung professionally, on two tracks, "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Corcovado." This shot Astrud to stardom, and in 1965 she recorded her first album, named (oddly enough) The Astrud Gilberto Album, from which today’s song, "Dindi" (pronounced jin-jee) is drawn. Jobim wrote the song with Aloysio de Oliveira contributing the Portuguese lyrics and Ray Gilbert the English ones.

The lyrics, from LyricsFreak:

Sky, so vast is the sky
And far away clouds just wandering by..
Where do they go?
Oh I don’t know, don’t know…

Wind that speaks to the leaves
Telling stories that no one believes
Stories of love
Belong to you and me….

Oh Dindi….
If I only had words
I would say all the beautiful things that I see
When you’re with me
Oh my Dindi

Oh Dindi…
Like the song of the wind in the trees
That’s how my heart is singing Dindi, happy Dindi
When you’re with me

I love you more today
Yes I do, yes I do
I’d let you go away
If you take me with you

Don’t you know Dindi
I’d be running and searching for you
Like a river that can’t find the sea
That would be me
Without you my Dindi

And now a couple of bonus songs to take care of Dick and Harry. First up is The Dick Haymes Trio, doing a song they call "Moritat." The full name of the song is "Die Moritat von Mackie Messer," and is from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht. The title translates to "The Ballad of Mack The Knife" or just "Mack The Knife." This was a Top 10 hit for Haymes in 1956, and for years was used at the top of each hour by radio station WFMF (later WLOO, "FM 100"), a "beautiful music" station in Chicago.

And for Harry, how about some Harry James? Here’s Harry and his orchestra, featuring Buddy Rich on drums, with "Two O’Clock Jump."

And that, my friends, is Song Lyric Sunday and Song of the Day for January 19, 2020. Think I’ll do bossa nova this week…

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Astrud Gilberto, “Dindi”

    1. Bossa nova had its time, then the British Invasion hit and it sort of got pushed aside and lost until “smooth jazz” radio and players like Lee Ritenour brought it back. He must have been quite a fan; was he Brazilian, by any chance?

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  1. You had a perfect trifecta on these, John. The second one was a mystery until you told me what its title was. The first one is ethereal, and the last one what a treat.


    1. He wasn’t about hitting the high notes like Maynard Ferguson. He was a good musician who played songs rather than showing off. He could hit the high notes, but he learned that just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

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  2. You certainly stood up to this challenge in a big way today John. I always admire your taste in music and coming up with Antonio Carlos Jobim your Tom, The Dick Haymes Trio and Harry James is not something that everyone could do. Lovely music, thanks for sharing it today.

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