Song No. 52 — Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa | Carlos Lyra & Ronaldo Bôscoli (1960)

Sylvia Telles - Amor em Hi-Fi (1960) a

Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa was introduced in early 1960 by Sylvia Telles as B-side to Samba de Uma Nota Só and on the album Amor em Hi-Fi. The only other identifiable single release of the song was by Luely Figueiró on Poema Azul b/w Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa, also in 1960.

Even though this most endearing song was only a minor hit at its time of composition, it became quite a classic due to the versions of Sylvia Telles and João Gilberto which are often used for compilations. However, other versions are just as well enjoyable like for instance Cal Tjader’s rendition with its fine interplay between melody, percussion and woodwinds arranged by Clare Fisher, and Bossa Três’ swinging interpretation with French accordionist Joss Baselli aka Jo Basile.

Ronaldo BôscoliAmong the few recordings of Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa, one offers some nice collector’s trivia as it is the opening track on the album O Balanço e a Bossa by Conjunto Masterplay. As quite common then, record labels issued contemporary hits played by session musicians under contract, in that case trombonist and arranger Nelsinho leading an orchestra featuring Ed Maciel and Astor Silva on trombone, Mozart on piston, Juarez Araújo on tenor sax, and Sandoval on piano. Among connaisseurs this album is much better known as É Balanço by Os Infernais da Bossa, a release that has given rise to some speculation due to the lacking information although it’s actually just the renamed reissue on the label Exitos. To add further confusion, Conjunto Masterplay’s album title and front cover art work was reutilized on an album by a certain M. Renato and His Brazilian Orchestra which is actually a compilation of earlier recordings by the all-star ensemble Os Saxsambistas Brasileiros.

Selected recordings of Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa:

1. Sylvia Telles from the album Amor em Hi-Fi (1960, Philips P 630.419 L)

Sylvia Telles - Amor em Hi-Fi (1960) a    Sylvia Telles - Amor em Hi-Fi (1960) b

2. João Gilberto from the album A Amor, Sorriso e a Flor (1960, Odeon MOFB 3151)

João Gilberto — O Amor, O Sorriso e a Flor (a)    João Gilberto — O Amor, O Sorriso e a Flor (b)
Art work for A Amor, Sorriso e a Flor by César G. Vilela with photograph by Francisco Pereira

3. Cal Tjader from the album Cal Tjader Plays the Contemporary Music of Mexico and Brazil (1962, Verve/Copacabana VMLP 14023)

Cal Tjader - Cal Tjader Plays the Contemporary Music of Mexico and Brazil (1962)

4. Carlos Lyra from the album Depois do Carnaval – O Sambalanço de Carlos Lyra (1962, Philips P 630.492 L)

Carlos Lyra - Depois do Carnaval – O Sambalanço de Carlos Lyra (1962)

5. Bossa Três & Jo Basile from the album Os Bossa Três & Jo Basile (1963, Audio Fidelity AFLP 1989)

Bossa Três & Jo Basile - Os Bossa Três & Jo Basile (1963) a    Bossa Três & Jo Basile - Os Bossa Três & Jo Basile (1963) b

6. Conjunto Masterplay from the album O Balanço e a Bossa (1962, Masterplay MDL 13021) aka Os Infernais da Bossa from the album É Balanço (c. 1963, Exitos GEE LP.13004)

Conjunto Masterplay - O Balanço e a Bossa (1962)    Os Infernais da Bossa - É Balanço (c. 1963)

Selected recordings of Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa originally not issued in Brazil:

1. Quincy Jones from the album Big Band Bossa Nova (1962, Mercury [USA] SR 60751)

Quincy Jones - Big Band Bossa Nova (1962) a    Quincy Jones - Big Band Bossa Nova (1962) b

2. Vince Guaraldi from the album In Person (1963, Fantasy [USA] 3352)

Vince Guaraldi - In Person (1963) a    Vince Guaraldi - In Person (1963) b

3. Paul Winter & Carlos Lyra from the album The Sound of Ipanema (1964, Columbia [USA] CL 2272)

Paul Winter & Carlos Lyra - The Sound of Ipanema (1964)

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SE É TARDE, ME PERDOA

Se é tarde, me perdoa • Mas eu não sabia que você sabia • Que a vida é tão boa

Se é tarde, me perdoa • Eu cheguei mentindo • Eu cheguei partindo • Eu cheguei à-toa

Se é tarde, me perdoa • Trago desencantos • De amores tantos pela madrugada

Se é tarde, me perdoa • Vinha só cansado

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3 thoughts on “Song No. 52 — Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa | Carlos Lyra & Ronaldo Bôscoli (1960)

  1. Above I list in chronological order some versions of this song which I don’t no if you’ve just missed on purpose or if you don’t know it at all:

    1962 – Delora Bueno: Kodac revela a música, Se é tarde me perdoa.
    1966 – Sadao Watanabe Quartet Sextet: Jazz & Bossa, Forgive Me If I’m Late.
    1994 – Nouvelle Cuisine: Songbook Carlos Lyra, Se é Tarde Me Perdoa.
    1998 – Oscar Castro Neves & Paul Winter: Brazilian Days, Se é Tarde me Perdoa.
    2000 – Wanda Sá & Bossa Três: Wanda Sá & Bossa Três, Se é Tarde Me Perdoa / Pra Machucar Meu Coração / Palpite Feliz [pot pourri].
    2001 – Leny Andrade: E Quero Que A Canção Seja Você, Se é tarde me perdoa.
    2003 – Luciana Souza: Norte e Sul, Se é tarde me perdoa.
    2004 – Jair Rodrigues: A Nova Bossa De Jair Rodrigues, Se é tarde me perdoa.
    2005 – Toquinho: Bossa Nova Para Sempre a.k.a. Tributo À Bossa Nova, Se é tarde me perdoa.

    PS: Carlos Lyra himself had also several versions of this song in his discography.

    1. Unfortunately, I don’t have Delora Bueno’s Kodac Revela a Música, and I didn’t know about Sadao Watanabe’s version. I know at least some of the other renditions but their recording dates don’t exactly fit here since this site focuses on the fifties and sixties with only occasional oscillations back and forth. I hope this doesn’t make it less enjoyable for you. Thank you for letting me know.

  2. I only made that list because you said “…among the few recordings of Se é Tarde, Me Perdoa…”, as I did know some other versions that you’ve didn’t mentioned.
    I will take in account your comment about the fifties and sixties focus, meanwhile sorry for my comments in some other posts.

    By the way, I’ve just send you an email, check it.

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