Nel blu dipito di blu (aka “Volare”)

Think of Italian music and you are likely to start humming this classic pop number: Nel blu depito di blu.  Or, as it is more popularly known: Volare.

Nel blu dipinto di blu” (literally “In the blue that is painted blue”), popularly known as “Volare” (meaning “To fly”), is the iconic song recorded by Italian singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno.  Modugno and Franco Migliacci wrote the song together an edit was released as a single in 1958.

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So here it is, the original song by the songwriter himself, in the 1950s, on the Ed Sullivan Show:

 

 

And now for your listening pleasure is the same song, reworked by Gianna Nannini.  I love the song in both of its forms!

 

Buon ascolta!

And then, when you want to know the lyrics in Italian (first) or English (after), here you go:

Penso che un sogno così non ritorni mai più
Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu
Poi d’improvviso venivo dal vento rapito
E incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito

Volare, oh oh…
Cantare, ohohoho…
Nel blu dipinto di blu
Felice di stare lassù

E volavo, volavo felice
Più in alto del sole ed ancora più su
Mentre il mondo pian piano spariva, lontano laggiù
Una musica dolce suonava soltanto per me

Volare, oh oh…
Cantare, ohohoho…
Nel blu dipinto di blu
Felice di stare lassù

Ma tutti i sogni nell’alba svaniscono perché
Quando tramonta, la luna li porta con sé
Ma io continuo a sognare negli occhi tuoi belli
Che sono blu come un cielo trapunto di stelle

Volare, oh oh…
Cantare, ohohoho…
Nel blu degli occhi tuoi blu
Felice di stare quaggiù

E continuo a volare felice
Più in alto del sole ed ancora più su
Mentre il mondo pian piano scompare negli occhi tuoi blu
La tua voce è una musica dolce che suona per me

Volare, oh oh…
Cantare, ohohoho…
Nel blu degli occhi tuoi blu
Felice di stare quaggiù

Nel blu degli occhi tuoi blu
Felice di stare quaggiù con te

Flying (In the blue painted  blue)

I think such a dream will never come back
I painted my hands and my face blue
Then suddenly I was ravished by the wind
And I started flying in the infinite sky

Flying, oh oh…
Singing, ohohoho…
In the blue painted  blue
Happy to be up there

And I was flying, flying happily
Higher than the sun and even higher
While the world was slowly disappearing, far beneath
A soft music was playing just for me

Flying, oh oh..
Singing, ohohoho…
In the blue painted  blue
Happy to be up there

But all the dreams fade away at dawn, because
While setting, the moon takes them away
But I keep dreaming in your beautiful eyes
Which are as blue as a sky quilted with stars

Flying, oh oh…
Singing, ohohoho…
In the blue of your blue eyes
Happy to be down here

And I keep flying happily
Higher than the sun and even higher
While the world is slowly disappearing in your blue eyes
Your voice is a soft music playing for me

Flying, oh oh…
Singing, ohohoho…
In the blue of your blue eyes
Happy to be down here

In the blue of your blue eyes
Happy to be down here with you

 

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