Chega de Saudade

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"Chega de Saudade" (Brazilian Portuguese: ['ʃega dʒi saw'dadʒi]), also known as "No More Blues", is a bossa nova jazz standard. It is often considered to be the first bossa nova song to be recorded.[1] Like "The Girl from Ipanema", the music for "Chega de Saudade" was composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes. João Gilberto's recording is the best known.[citation needed]


The song was first recorded in 1957 by Brazilian singer Elizete Cardoso and released on her 1958 album, Canção Do Amor Demais. However, people took little notice of her release of the song. João Gilberto included the second recorded version in 1958.[1] Released as a single, the song became a hit and would consolidate bossa nova as a permanent genre in the Latin music lexicon. The song also appeared on Gilberto's first album Chega de Saudade.

The title can be translated roughly as "enough longing", though the Portuguese word, saudade, carries a far more complex meaning. The word implies an intensity of heartfelt connection that is yearned for passionately, not unlike feeling withdrawal symptoms from a drug that makes one feel good. Another good analogy might be an intense homesickness. Chega, in this case, means no more, enough.

The song form is 68 measures long. The first 32 measures are in a minor key, followed by 36 measures in a major key. The key of the original recording by Elizete Cardoso went from D minor to D major.

Covers and versions[edit]


The song was voted by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone as the 6th greatest Brazilian song.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Spessoto, Toninho (2009). "As 100 Maiores Músicas Brasileiras - "Chega de Saudade"". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Spring. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ Lewis, Don. "Easy Listening: A Hi-Lo's High". The Milwaukee Journal. July 19, 1981. Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  3. ^ Angra - Live Acoustic At Fnac. "Discogs". Retrieved 2016-05-13.