Jobim Antonio Carlos - Quiet Night (First Version) Chords and Tabs

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Jobim Antonio Carlos - Quiet Night (First Version)

Jobim Antonio Carlos - Quiet Night (First Version) Chords / Tabs

Jobim Antonio Carlos - Quiet Night First Version: chords and tabs for the song. Watch chords and tablatures for all songs of the singer (group) Jobim Antonio Carlos. Other chords and tabs for the "Quiet Night" can find at the bottom of the page.

Note:  I have no clue how you want to file this.  It was written by Jobim,
but he's not even on the recording from which it was taken.

Corcovado/Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Song taken from the version on _Getz/Gilberto #2_ (Verve).

The fingering and arrangement are my own.  I haven't figured out
exactly what Joao Gilberto is playing (he does a lot of little improvized
parts as far as I can tell).

Chords (all moveable forms):

D9:  x-5-4-5-5-5
Abo:  4-x-3-4-3-x  (optional, play the top string 4)
g7:  3-x-3-3-3-3
Gb7:  2-x-2-3-2-2
Fmaj7:  x-x-3-5-5-5
f7:  x-8-x-8-9-8
f6:  x-8-x-7-9-8
e7:  x-7-x-7-8-7
F+7:  x-8-7-6-8-x
d7:  x-5-x-5-6-5
a7:  5-x-5-5-5-5
G(b9b13):  3-x-3-4-4-4
G13:  3-x-3-4-5-5
Bb9:  6-5-6-5-x-x
C:  x-3-5-5-5-x  (there had to be at least one easy one here! :)

There is a little guitar intro at the beginning, but I usually wing it.
It sounds like a circle of fifths progression down to D9.

The song structure is:

English Verses 1 and 2 (Astrud)
Portuguese Verses 1 and 2 (Joao)
Solo over Verses 1 and 2 (Stan--man could that guy solo!)
Portuguese Verses 1 and 2 (Joao)
English Verses 1 and 2 (Astrud)

I think they might collapse the last two times together, but can't recall
and only have the arrangement from _Elis and Tom_ (Verve) here, which is
substantially different.  (_Elis and Tom_ is absolutely superlative, by
the way--get it if you can as there won't be any more pressings of it in the

Verse 1:  (English lyrics shown with corresponding Portuguese lyrics
directly below--listen for the proper rhythm and phrasing, which is tough)

Part A:

Quiet nights of quiet stars,
Um cantinho, um violao

Quiet chords from my guitar,
Esse amor uma cancao,

g7                      Gb7   Fmaj7 (*)
Floating on the silence that surrounds me.
Pra fazer felice a quem se ama.

Part B:

Quiet thoughts and quiet dreams,
Muita calma pra pensar,

e7                   F+7
Quiet walks by quiet streams,
E ter tempo pra sonhar,

D9                              d7            Abo       (**)
And a window looking out on the mountains and the sea, how lovely!
Da janela ve-se a Corcovado o Redentor, que lindo!

Verse 2:

Part A:

This is how I want to be,
Quero a vida sempres assim,

Here with you so close to me,
Com voce perto de mim,

g7                      Gb7       Fmaj7
Until the final flicker of life's ember.
Ate a apagar da velha chama.

Part B:

f7             f6
I who was lost and lonely,
E eu que era triste,

e7                 F+7
Believing life was only,
Descrente desse mundo,

d7              G(b9b13)             e7    a7
A bitter tragic joke have found with you,
Ao encontrar voce eu conheci,

d7             G13  G(b9b13)          C  Bb9  F+7  (**)
The meaning of existence, oh my love.
O que e felicidade, meu amor.

(*)  They often improvise here playing around with a7, g7, and Fmaj7.
(**)  Listen carefully here.  The shifts are tough.

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