Learn Italian in Song: Che Bambola!

Another classic from Fred Buscaglione ( the Italian version of this wikipedia bio is much better)

Mi trovavo per la strada circa all’una e trentatré, I found myself on the street about 1:33
L’altra notte mentre uscivo dal mio solito caffé, The other night while exiting from my usual café
quando incontro un bel mammifero modello “centotré” When I met a beautiful mamma model 103
fischio (whistle)
CHE BAMBOLA! What a doll!
riempiva un bel vestito di magnifico lamé, She filled a gorgeous dress of magnificent lamé
era un cumulo di curve come al mondo non ce n’é, She was a heap of curves like there’s none in the world
che spettacolo, le gambe, un portento, credi a me, what a show, what legs, a portent – believe me!
fischio (whistle)
CHE BAMBOLA! What a doll!
Ehi, ehi ,ehi, Hey, hey, hey
le grido, piccola, dai, dai ,dai, non far la stupida, I yelled to her “Little one, come on, come on, come on, don’t be stupid
sai, sai, sai, io son volubile, You know, you know, you know that I am voluble
se non mi baci subito tu perdi una occasion. If you don’t kiss me right away you’re missing an opportunity
Lei si volta, poi mi squadra come fossi uno straccion, She turns around and sizes me up like I’m a dishrag
poi si mette bene in guardia come Rocky, il gran campion, Then she puts herself on the defensive like Rocky the great champion
finta il destro e di sinistro lei m’incolla ad un lampion. She fakes a right, then with a left she pastes me to a lamppost
fischio (whistle)
CHE SVENTOLA€¦! What a slap!
Lei, lei, lei, spaventatissima She, she, she scared to death
lé¬ per lé¬ diventa pallida Right there goes pale
poi, poi, poi allarmatissima€¦ Then, then, then very alarmed
Mi abbraccia per sorreggermi le faccio compassion€¦ She embraces me to hold me up, and I feel sorry for her
Sai com’é, ci penso sopra e poi decido che mi va€¦ You know how it is, I think it over, and decide it’s okay with me
Faccio ancora lo svenuto quella forza e sai che fa€¦? I continue to pretend to have fainted, and then you know what force of nature does?
Implorandomi e piangendo un bel bacio lei mi dé €¦! Begging and crying she gives me a nice kiss!
fichio (whistle)
CHE BAMBOLA! What a doll!

Here you can see Buscaglione himself from Italian TV, but sadly it’s only a fragment:

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