"How Insensitive" is a bossa nova song composed by Brazilian musician Antônio Carlos Jobim. The lyrics were written in Portuguese by Vinícius de Moraes and in English by Norman Gimbel. In Brazil the song goes by the title "Insensatez", though it translates more accurately to "How Foolish". The song resembles Chopin's prelude in E minor.[1]

Song by Antônio Carlos Jobim
from the album The Composer of Desafinado, Plays
GenreBossa nova
Composer(s)Antônio Carlos Jobim
Lyricist(s)Vinícius de Moraes
Norman Gimbel (English lyrics)
Producer(s)Creed Taylor
The Composer of Desafinado, Plays track listing
  1. "The Girl from Ipanema"
  2. "O Amor em Paz"
  3. "Agua de Beber"
  4. "Vivo Sonhando"
  5. "O Morro Não Tem Vez"
  6. "Insensatez"
  7. "Corcovado"
  8. "One Note Samba"
  9. "Meditação"
  10. "Só Danço Samba"
  11. "Chega de Saudade"
  12. "Desafinado"

The song has been performed and recorded often by a diverse group of people, such as Olivia Newton-John, Petula Clark, The Monkees, Liberace, William Shatner, Iggy Pop, Judy Garland and The 5th Dimension. More conventional versions can be found in the jazz genre by Joao Gilberto, Laurindo Almeida, Wes Montgomery, Stan Getz, George Shearing, Diana Krall, and Pat Metheny.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-19-993739-4.
  2. ^ "Sting.com > Lyrics : How Insensitive". www.sting.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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