Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano

Lyrics by Nicola Salerno; Music by Renato Carosone, 1956.

Puorte ‘e calzune cu nu stemma arreto,
na cuppulella c’a visiera aizata,
passa scampanianno pe’ Tuled’
comm’a nu ‘uappo, pe’ te fa’ ‘uardà!

Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano,
‘mericano, ‘mericano!
Sient’a mme chi t’ ‘o ffa fà?
Tu vuoi vivere alla moda,
ma se bevi “whisky and soda”,
po’ te siente ‘e disturba’!

Tu abball’ o’ rock’n’roll,
tu gioch’ a baseball,
ma ‘e sorde p’è Camel,
chi te li dà?
La borsetta di mammà!

Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano,
‘mericano, mericano,
ma si’ nato in Italy!
Sient’ a mme, nun ce sta niente ‘a fa’!
Ok, napulitan,
tu vuo’ fa’ l’america’,
tu vuo’ fa’ l’america’!

Comme te po’ capi’ chi te vo’ bene,
si tu le parle miezo americano?
Quanno se fa l’ammore sott’ ‘a luna,
comme te vene ‘ncapa ‘e di’ “I love you”?

Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano,
‘mericano, mericano,
sient’a mme chi t’ ‘o fa fà?

Tu vuoi vivere alla moda,
ma se bevi “whisky and soda”,
po’ te siente ‘e disturba’!
Tu abball’ o’ rock’n’roll,
tu gioch’ a baseball,
ma ‘e sorde p’ è Camel,
chi te li dà?
La borsetta di mammà!

Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano
‘mericano, mericano,
ma si’ nato in Italy!
Sient’ a mme, nun ce sta niente ‘a fa’!
Ok, napulitan,
tu vuo’ fa’ l’america’,
tu vuo’ fa’ l’america’!

Tu vuo’ fa’ l’americano,
‘mericano, ‘mericano,
ma si’ nato in Italy!
Sient’ a mme, nun ce sta niente ‘a fa’!
Ok, napulitan,
tu vuo’ fa’ l’america’,
tu vuo’ fa’ l’america’!
Whisky e soda e rock’n’roll,
whisky e soda e rock’n’roll,
whisky e soda e rock’n’roll!

You're Acting All American

Translated by: Yolanda Be Cool

You’re wearing trousers with a tag on the back
and a cap with the visor turned up,
parading around Toledo
like a dandy 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 purse!

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 under 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.

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,

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 and soda and rock ‘n roll
Whisky and soda and rock ‘n roll
Whisky and soda and rock ‘n roll)