Song 51: Renato Carosone – Tu Vuo’ Fa’ L’Americano

Renato Carosone was an Italian musician contributing some of the ‘Napolitan Classics’ in the genre Canzone Napoletana. “Tu vuò fà l’americano” (“You Want to Be American”) was composed in 1956 and became on of the best Carosone’s songs. The song has been featured in several films, first in Totò, Peppino e le fanatiche, but also it was performed by Sophia Lauren in the film It Started in Naples and by Rosario Fiorello in the film The Talented Mr. Ripley. The idea of the song is about an Italian who imitates the contemporary American lifestyle and acts like a Yankee, drinking whisky and soda, dancing to rock ‘n roll, playing baseball and smoking Camel cigarettes, but who still depends on his parents for money. One of my best songs. Enjoy.