"Off-Key (Desafinado)" as written by and Newton Mendonca Antonio Carlos Jobim....
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
All I have is feeling and a voice gone deaf

You insist my music goes against the rules
Yes, but rules were never meant for lovesick fools
I wrote this little song for you, but you don't care
It's a crooked song, oh but all my heart is there

The things that you would see if you would do 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 key one: I love you

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"Off Key [Desafinado]" as written by N. Mendonca Gene Lees


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