Saturday, January 8, 2011

Italian Song on the Radio

So that weird techno-y song with the word "americano" you've been hearing on the radio is Italian.

It is called "We No Speak Americano" by Yolanda Be Cool & DCup.

Listen to it here:



Here are the lyrics:

Comme te po’
Comme te po’
Comme te po’ capì chi te vò bene
si tu le parle ‘mmiezzo americano?
Quando se fa l’ammore sotto ‘a luna
come te vene ‘capa e di: “I love you!?”
Pa pa l’ americano
Pa pa l’ americano
Pa pa l’ americano
fa l’ americano!
Pa pa l’ americano
Fa fa l’ americano
whïsky soda e rockenroll
whïsky soda e rockenroll
whïsky soda e rockenroll…



...translates to:

how can I
how can I
how can I make you understand that I care about you
if you speak half American?
When we make love under the moon
How can you even think of saying "I love you" (she's not supposed to speak in English)
act act like an American
He acts like an American!


It's the dance version of an Italian song called "Tu vuo fa l'americano" ("You want to pretend to be American"). The translation is:

You wear your pants with a label at the back
and a hat with a front
you walk by Toledo
like a beauty to be looked at!!!

you want to look like an American
American American
but listen to me who's asking you to?
you want to be fashionable
but if you drink whisky and soda
then you feel queesy!

You want to dance rock and roll
you play baseball
but the money for the camels
who give it to you??
Mummy's handbag!

You want to pretend to be American
American American
but you are born in Italy
Listen to me
there is nothing to do
Okay? napolitan!

You want to pretend to be American
You want to pretend to be American

How can those who love you understand you
if you speak half in American?
when one talks of love under the moon
how can you say "i love you"?

You want to pretend to be American
But you are born in Italy!
listen to me - there is nothing to do
ok, napolitan?
Whisky and soda and rock and roll...



When I know more, you'll know more!

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