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New Jeff Kelly Single and Video Out Today!

Jeff Kelly has a beautiful new digital single, “Of Missingness” with a great video!

The lyric of “Of Missingness” is a brief attempt to express in English the feelings evoked by the Portuguese word, “saudade.”  The word has no direct translation into English but I heard one Portuguese woman say the closest way of expressing it might be, “missingness.”


Jasmine Garsd, writing on the NPR website, explained it like this:  “Perhaps my favorite of these elusive words is saudade, a Portuguese and Galician term that is a common fixture in the literature and music of Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde and beyond. The concept has many definitions, including a melancholy nostalgia for something that perhaps has not even happened. It often carries an assurance that this thing you feel nostalgic for will never happen again. My favorite definition of saudade is by Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo: “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.”


I feel like I have written many songs, starting when I was very young, that feel like this, though I didn’t know the word…

Of Missingness

Beauty, fading like a flower

In the fog of some lost hour

Stuck forever in the fall


Freezes like a memory in a mirror

Lost forever though it’s clearer

Than no memory at all


Of some place I’ll never go

Of some face I’ll never know

At the end of the rainbow of missingness


Valentina, Valentina, men have loved you

More than all the stars above you

More than I could ever know


I didn’t want you, didn’t need you, didn’t wish you

So why is it then I miss you

Like some love from long ago


From some place I’ll never go

Is some face I’ll never know

At the end of the rainbow of missingness

© St. Brigid Publishing/BMI


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