"Mambo Italiano" as written by and Bob Merrill....
A girl went back to Napoli
Because she missed the scenery
The native dances and the charming songs
But wait a minute, something's wrong

Hey, mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Hey, mambo! Mambo Italiano
Go, go, go you mixed up Sicialiano
All you Calabraise-a do the mambo like a crazy with a

Hey mambo, don't want to tarantella
Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella
Hey mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Try an enchilada with da fish a bac a lab and then a

Hey goombah, I love a how you dance a rhumbah
But take a some advice paisano
Learn how to mambo
If you gonna be a square

You ain't a gonna go nowhere
Hey mambo! mambo Italiano!
Hey mambo! mambo Iitaliano!
Go, go, Joe, shake like a Giovanno

Hello kess-a-deetch-a you getta happy in the feets a
When you mambo Iitaliano
Shake-a Baby shake-a cause i love a when you take a me
Mama say "stop-a or I'm gonna go to papa"

And a hey ja drool you don't a have to go to school
Just make-a wid da beat bambino
It's a like a vino
Kid you good a lookin' but you don't a-know what's cookin' till you

Hey mambo, Mambo Iitaliano
Hey mambo, Mambo Iitaliano
Ho, ho, ho, you mixed up Siciliano

It's a so delish a ev'rybody come copisha
How to mambo Iitalianoooooo!
'Ats nice!

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"Mambo Italiano" as written by Bob Merrill

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    General CommentMy friend introduced this song to me on a mix she made for me. I love the way she sings this song! The meaning of this song has always confused me though. I can't figure out if its about dancing, food or sex. Maybe a combination of all three...
    SlyFoxon January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPK, I also love this song and that is why I "introduced" it to you. I think it could be about dancing and fitting in and she just uses the name of different kinds of food because she is italian? Who really knows, but it is a great song.
    amazon_0505on January 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!!!! It was written by Bob Merrill in the 1050s. He wrote it while eating at an Italian restaurant in New York, writing on a paper napkin, and using the wall pay-phone to dictate the melody, rhythm and lyrics to the recording studio pianist, under the aegis of conductor Mitch Miller. Simplicity is the best!
    girl7on July 11, 2012   Link

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