Tu Vuo’ Fa’ L’Americano (Translated) — Renato Carosone

Tu Vuo' Fa' L'Americano -- Renato Carosone

Puorte ‘e cazune cu nu stemma arreto
You wear trousers with a famous tag
Na cuppulella cu ‘a visiera aizata
You wear a hat with the peak raised
Passa scampanianno pe’ Tuleto
Trotting along Tuleto’s streets
Comm’a nuguappo, pe’ se fa’ guarda’
Showing yourself off to make people look at you

Tu vuo’ fa’ ll’americano
You’d like to be an American
‘Mericano, ‘Mericano
Sient’a mme chi t’ ‘o ffa fa’?
Listen to me: Is it worth it?
Tu vuoi vivere alla moda
You want to be trendy
Ma se bevi “whisky and soda”
But if you drink whiskey and soda
Po’ te siente ‘e disturba’
Then you’ll have a long hangover

Tu abball’ o’ rocchenroll
You dance rock ‘n’ roll
Tu giochi a baisiboll
You play baseball
Ma e solde p’ e’ Camel chi te li da?
But who gives you the money to buy Camels?
La borsetta di mamma’!
Your mother’s bag!

Tu vuo’ fa’ ll’americano
You’d like to be an American
‘Mericano, ‘Mericano
Ma si’ nato in Italy
But you were born in Italy
Sient’ a mme, nun ce sta niente ‘a fa’
Listen, there’s nothing you can do
OK, napulitan?
OK, Neopolitan?
Tu vuo’ fa’ ll’american
You’d like to be an American

“Whisky e soda” e rocchenroll
Whiskey and soda and rock ‘n’ roll
“Whisky e soda” e rocchenroll
Whiskey and soda and rock ‘n’ roll

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