How Insensitive

Antônio Carlos Jobim

Antônio Carlos Jobim


PROFILE
Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Lyricist (in Portuguese) Vinicius de Moraes
Lyricist (in English) Norman Gimbel
Year Written 1963
About How Insensitive
Written in 1963, Jobim based this composition on Chopin’s “Prelude No. 4.” This song has been widely recorded, including a very fine early recording with Jobim and Stan Getz for their 1963 album Jazz Samba Encore, Astrud Gilberto and João Gilberto recording.

Lyrics

How Insensitive
I must have seemed
When she told me that she loved me
How unmoved and cold
I must have seemed
When she told me so sincerely
“Why,” she must have asked,
Did I just turn and stare in icy silence?
What was I to say?
What can you say when a love affair is over?

Now she’s gone away
And I’m alone with the memory of her last look
Vague and drawn and sad
I see it still
All her heartbreak in that last look
“How,” she must have asked,
Could I just turn and stare in icy silence?
What was I to do?
What can one do when a love affair is over?

Session / Album Information

1965

“How Insensitive” was recorded on February 18, 1965 and released in 1965 on the album If I Ruled the World: Songs for the Jet Set. It was arranged by Don Costa.

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)
  • 1965: Columbia 45: 4-43331
  • 1969: CBS LP 12″: 63612 — Greatest Hits, Volume II (UK)
  • 1969: Columbia LP 12″: CS 9814 — Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hits, Vol. IV
  • 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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