Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)

Words & Music by Newton Mendonca & Antonio Carlos Jobim
English words by Jon Hendricks & Jessie Cavanaugh
Recorded by Julie London, 1963

C       CM7    CM7/6  CM7   D7-5
Love is like a never-ending melody;

Dm7           G7            G/Bb     A7-9   A7
Poets have compared it to a symphony,

  Dm7         G/Bb          AM7             C#m7
A symphony conducted by the lighting of the moon--

Dm              Dm+7    Dm7      Bb9            G7                
But our song of love is slightly out of tune.

C         CM7    CM7/6    CM7   D7-5
Once your kisses raised me to a fever pitch;

Dm7            G7            G/Bb      A7
Now the orchestration doesn't seem so rich.

Dm7                G/Bb                AM7          C#m7
Seems to me you've changed the tune we used to sing;


 Dm7           Bb9   Am7          B7
Like the bossa nova, love should swing.

   E           C#m7       C#m7-5    F#m7          B7         
We used to harmonize, two souls in perfect time;

E              C#m7      C#m7-5   F#m7              B7   
Now the song is diff'rent and the words don't even rhyme,

   F7  G              Fdim         Am7                 D9
'Cause you forgot the melody our hearts would always croon,

            Dm       Dm+7          Dm7     Bb9     G7     
And so what good's a heart that's slightly out of tune?

C          CM7    CM7/6  CM7    D7-5
Tune your heart to me the way it used to be;

Dm7             G7          G/Bb           A7-9   A7
Join with me in harmony and sing a song of lov - ing.

      FM7             Bb9           Em7     Cdim
We're bound to get in tune again before too long --

There'll be no desafinado 

                  Bb9              Dm7-5(V)
When your heart belongs to me com - plete - ly,

       D7                        Dm7  
So you won't be slightly out of tune, 

        G7    C9       C
You'll sing along with me.

My personal bias is admittedly showing here. There have been dozens of great versions of this song...but there's something about Julie London's voice that gets me every time

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