Desafinado (Off-Key)


Lyrics by:  Jessie Cavanaugh

Lyrics by:  Jon Hendricks

Music by:  Antonio Carlos Jobim

Arranged By:  Eumir Deodato

Label:  Reprise Records

Recorded:  February 12, 1969



When I try to sing you say I'm off key

Why can't you see how much this hurts me

With your perfect beauty and your perfect pitch

You're a  perfect terror

When I come around must you always put me down

If you say my singing is off key my love

You will hurt my feelings don't you see my love

I wish I had an ear like yours

A voice that would behave

But all I have is feelings and a voice gone deaf

You insist my music goes against the rules

But rules were never meant for lovesick fools

I wrote this little song for you but you don't care

Its a crooked song oh but all my love is there

The thing that you would see if you would play your part

Is even if I'm out of tune I have a gentle heart

I took your picture with my trusty Rollaflex

And now all I have developed is a complex

Possibly in vain I hope you weaken oh my love

And forget these rigid rules that undermine my dream of

A life of love and music with someone who'll understand

That even though I may be out of tune

When I attempt to say how much I love you

All that matters is the message that I bring

Which is my dear one I love you