Originally called 'Meditaçao' in Brazil, this charming song, by Antonio Carlos Jobim and his old-time friend Newton Mendonça, relates the story of separated lovers and of how one meditates on the other. The stately, sad melody seems to float over the rippling samba rhythm, and that's one reason why bossa nova caught on so quickly and became so popular. Norman Gimbel wrote the English lyrics for several of Jobim's songs.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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