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Mambo Italiano Lyrics

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 wanna 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 italiano!
Go, go, Joe, shake like a Giovanno
Hello kess-a-deetch-a you getta happy in the feets a
When you mambo italiano

Shake-a Baby shake-a cause I love a when you take a me
Mama say stop-a or I'm gonna tella 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 italiano
Hey mambo, Mambo italiano
Ho, ho, ho, you mixed up Siciliano
it's a so delish a ev'rybody come copisha
How to mambo italianoooooo!

'Ats nice!
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Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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Jan 11, 2005
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My 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...

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PK, 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.

This great song is meant to be comic. The irony of the song is that the Mambo is NOT an Italian dance! Mambo is a Latin dance of Cuba. Mambo music was invented during the 1930s by Arsenio Rodríguez,(thanks Wikipedia) That's why the first verse ends with "But wait a minute, something's wrong": The girl is Italian but she loves the Spanish song & dance. The song appropriates the Mambo to the Italians. To this day, as a result of this song many people think the Mambo is an Italian dance. That's globalization!

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I 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!

Ha ha ha, I did not see I missed the 9 and put a 0! I meant it was written in the 1950s! :)

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I always loved Rosemary's version, but the lyric about the enchilida confuses me. Are there Italian version of Enchiladas I've never heard of or tried?

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