Posted by: Gregoryno6 | October 14, 2015

Well, what do you expect? It was written by Pete Conseegerliere.

If I Had A Hammer, best remembered in the Anglosphere for the happy version recorded by Trini Lopez

expressed very different sentiments when covered in Italy by Rita Pavone. Trini put the hammer down after the first verse and got busy with a bell and a song. Once Bella Rita takes hold of it, that hammer swings with murderous intent.

Hand me a hammer.
What you wanna do?
I wanna smack someone in the head
Someone I just can’t stand, yeah yeah yeah,
A girl who’s all simpering
With painted eyes
That everyone wants to dance with
Leaving me to watch
It makes me so mad
It makes me so mad

Tim Blair has the video, and the full set of Rita’s lyrics. JP, is this translation legit? And if so… what a damn shame Rita didn’t tackle Puff The Magic Dragon.

 

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Responses

  1. Right on, Greg.

    • And JP, a question about a couple of Rita’s gestures. Specifically at 0:49, she appears to bite her finger. Does that mean anything?
      And at 1:19, the hand to the mouth and then down as if she’s saying ‘It makes me puke’.

  2. Side of the index finger in mouth with teeth showing, extreme dislike bordering on, ‘eye kil uy nex’..

    Hand to side of mouth then down, ‘It makes me puke’..Good or another would be, ‘gimmie a break for shit sakes, huh!’

    But then, all I know is the Sicilian stuffs, the Boot part is almost another world.

    Can’t recall if L’ombelico di Svesda is from the Boot or not, if she is a Boot, she may have a different take. LMFAO..

    • Getting further and further from the happy-clappy version we sang along with way back when!

      • “further and further”, like from this orb to Pluto, mate.


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