Friday, June 24, 2016

Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)

Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote this song. The music is easily understood as it is very Brazilian, Bossa Nova, with great melody and chord progressions. It has been recorded by every great all over the world including right here in the old USA. Our English version is different from the translations directly from the Portuguese. My preference is what follows but I suggest Googling and seeing the different translations.  Then go to uTube  to listen to the many versions of it including Stan Getz whose sultry sax really interprets it very well.

"Love is like a never ending melody,
Poets have compared it to a symphony,
A symphony conducted by the lighting of the moon,
But our song of love is slightly out of tune . . . .

Once your kisses raised me to a fever pitch,
Now the orchestration doesn't seem so rich,
Seems to me you've changed the tune we used to sing,
Like the bossa nova love should swing . . . .
We used to harmonize two souls in perfect time,
Now the song is different and the words don't even rhyme,
'Cause you forgot the melody our hearts would always croon,
What good's a heart that's slightly out of tune?

Tune your heart with mine the way it used to be,
Join with me in harmony and sing a song of love,
We're bound to get in tune again before too long,
There'll be no Desafinado when your heart belongs to me completely
Then you won't be slightly out of tune, you'll sing along with me!"

What I like about Brazilian music is that it captures the very heart of the story it is telling. Brazil, Rio, the beautiful Cariocas, exude sexy love, a commitment to the heart. This song music and lyrics captures the pleading of lovers of all ages not to let the time of passion, of of love, lose its meaning and disintegrate into a  mere existence instead of living life to the fullest.

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