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Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano – Música

Tu vuò fà l’americano” (“You Want to Be American”, literally “You try to act like an American”) is a Neapolitan language song by Italian singer Renato Carosone.

Carosone wrote the song in collaboration with Nicola “Nisa” Salerno in 1956. Combining swing and jazz, it became one of his best-known songs. Commissioned by Ricordi director Rapetti for a radio contest, the music was composed by Carosone in a very short time after reading Nisa’s lyrics; he immediately believed the song would become a great success.

Renato Carosone – Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano


LYRICS

Puorte o’ calzone cu ‘nu stemma arreto
‘na cuppulella cu ‘a visiera alzata.
Passe scampanianno pe’ Tuleto
camme a ‘nu guappo pe’ te fa guardà!

Tu vuò fa l’ americano!
mmericano! mmericano
siente a me, chi t’ ho fa fa?
tu vuoi vivere alla moda
ma se bevi whisky and soda
po’ te sente ‘e disturbà.

Tu abballe ‘o roccorol
tu giochi al basebal ‘
ma ‘e solde pe’ Camel
chi te li dà? …
La borsetta di mammà!

Tu vuò fa l’ americano
mmericano! mmericano!
ma si nato in Italy!
siente a mme
non ce sta’ niente a ffa
o kay, napolitan!

Tu vuò fa l’ american!
Tu vuò fa l’ american!

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!?”

Tu vuò fa l’ americano
mmericano! mmericano
siente a me, chi t’ho fa fa?
tu vuoi vivere alla moda…

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You’re wearing trousers with a tag on the back
and a cap with the visor turned up,
parading around Toleto
like a bully trying to show off

You’re acting all american,
american, american,
listen here: who’s asking you to?

You want to be all trendy,
but if you drink “whisky and soda”
you always end up sick!

You’re dancing rock and roll,
and playing baseball,
but where’d you get the money
for the Camel cigarettes?
Mummy’s handbag!

You’re acting all american,
american, american,
but you’re born in Italy, listen here:
there’s nothing you can do,
ok napoletano?!
You’re acting all american,
american, american,

How can your loved one understand
if you’re speaking half american?
When you’re out loving uder the moon,
where do you get a phrase like “I love you”?

You’re acting all american,
american, american,
but you’re born in Italy, listen here:
there’s nothing you can do,
ok napoletano?!
You’re acting all american,
american, american,
…whisky soda e rock and roll