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"Dindi" (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒĩˈdʒi] - which sounds like Jin-jee in English) is a song composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim, with lyrics by Aloysio de Oliveira. It is a world-famous bossa nova standard. Tom Jobim wrote this piece especially for the Brazilian singer Sylvia Telles. "Dindi" is a reference to a farm named "Dirindi", in Brazil, a place that Jobim and his friend/collaborator Vinicius de Moraes used to visit (according to Helena Jobim, his sister, in her book "Antonio Carlos Jobim - Um Homem Iluminado").[1] In December 1966, just a short while after Telles had recorded this piece with the guitarist Rosinha de Valença, she was killed in a road accident in Rio de Janeiro.

Céu, tão grande é o céu
E bandos de nuvens que passam ligeiras
Prá onde elas vão, ah, eu não sei, não sei.[2]

English version[edit]

English lyrics were added by Ray Gilbert:

"Sky so vast is the sky / with faraway clouds just wandering by / Where do they go / oh I don't know." [3]

Notable recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Helena Jobim Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man 2011 1458429423 "The waters that came from far above followed shadows created by racing clouds and prompted the poet to write his acclaimed song “Dindi”: “and the waters of this river, where do they go, I don't know.” The rain also led Tom to write several "
  2. ^ J. E. Gava A linguagem harmônica da Bossa Nova 8571398925 Page 159 "Céu, tão grande é o céu E bando de nuvens que passam ligeiras Pra onde elas vão Ah! Eu não sei, não sei."
  3. ^ Almir Chediak Tom Jobim 1990 p.43
  4. ^ "Forget Me Nots overview". Allmusic.com. 
  5. ^ "A Twist of Jobim - Lee Ritenour". JazzTimes.com. 

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