Black Orpheus

An early bossa tune written for Orfeu Negro film score

Composed by Luiz Bonfia
Year 1959
Length 32 bars
Time 4/4
Form AB
Style Bossa
Common Key A-


Chord chart for the jazz standard Black Orpheus


A day in the life of a fool
A sad and a long lonely day
I walk the avenue
Hoping to run into
The very sight of you coming my way

I stop just in front of our door
But you're never there any more
So back to my room

And here in the gloom
I cry tears of goodbye

Til you come back to me
That's the way it will be
Everyday in the life of a fool