Mambo Italiano

January 8, 2017 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

“Mambo Italiano” was a 1954 hit for Rosemary Clooney. It was written by Bob Merrill, whose other writing credits include “How Much Is that Doggie in the Window?”. He was also lyricist for the musical “Funny Girl” and “Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol”, both with composer Jule Styne.

The music is very infectious, as my instrumental version should demonstrate. I recommend finding the original vocal version by Rosemary Clooney to enjoy the (now) delightfully politically incorrect lyrics:

Hey mambo, mambo Italiano hey hey mambo mambo Italiano
Go go go you mixed up Siciliano
All you Calabrese do the mambo like-a crazy with the
Hey mambo don’t wanna tarantella
Hey mambo no more mozzarella
Hey mambo mambo Italiano try an enchilada with a fish baccala
Hey goomba I love how you dance the rumba
But take some advice paisano learn-a how to mambo
If you’re gonna be a square you ain’t-a gonna go anywhere
Hey mambo mambo Italiano hey hey mambo mambo Italiano
Go go Joe shake like a tiavanna
E lo che se dice you get happy in the pizza when you
Mambo Italiano

Hey chadrool you don’t-a have to go to school
Just make it with a big bambino
It’s like vino
Kid you good-a looking but you don’t-a know what’s cooking ’til you
Hey mambo mambo Italiano
Hey hey mambo mambo Italiano
Ho ho ho you mixed up Siciliano
E lo che se dice you get happy in the pizza when you
Mambo Italiano

 

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