Song of the Jet (Samba do Avião)

Antônio Carlos Jobim

Antônio Carlos Jobim

Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Portuguese Lyricist Antonio Carlos Jobim
English Lyricist Gene Lees
Year Written 1963
About Song of the Jet
Song of the Jet, or Samba do Avião in the original Portuguese, was one of Jobim’s early bossa nova compositions. It has been widely recorded by American artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Tony Bennett.


How my heart is singing
I see Rio de Janeiro
My longing, lonely days are ending
Rio, my love, there by the sea
Rio, my love, waiting for me
See the cable cars that sway above
The bay of Guanabara
Tiny sailboats far below
Dance the samba as they go
Shining Rio, there you lie
City of sun, of sea, and sky
Mountains of green rising so high
Four minutes more we’ll be there
At the airport of Galeão

Rio de Janeiro [x4]

Statue of the Savior
With open arms above the yellow sea shore
Sugar loaf in majesty
Climbing from a silver sea
Dark eyed girls who smile at me
City of love and mysteries
Fasten seatbelts, no smoking please
Now we’re descending and everything’s rushing
And now the wheels touch the ground

Session / Album Information


“Song of the Jet” was recorded on February 19, 1965 and released in 1965 on the album If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set. It was arranged by Don Costa.

Song Of The Jet Set

Listen to Song Of The Jet Set on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1965.

This recording released on:

  • 1965: CL 2343 — If I Ruled The World (Songs For The Jet Set)
  • 1965: CS 9143 — If I Ruled The World (Songs For The Jet Set)
  • 1974: Embassy LP 12″: EMB 31058 — If I Ruled the World [UK]
  • 1997: CK 65317 — If I Ruled The World (Songs For The Jet Set)
  • 2011: Disc #31 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK30) If I Ruled The World: Songs for the Jet Set

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