Gigi the Ladies’ Man (Gigi l’amoroso)

Author:
Jacqueline Misrahi, Lana Sebastian and Paul Sebastian. Popularised by Dalida.
Testimony by:
Eduardo René Cuevas

This song was used while the Military Intelligence Service (SIM) subjected me to cruel torture at a clandestine torture centre in the southern Chilean city of Los Ángeles.


Published on: 21 March 2015


Here comes Gigi the ladies' man, wherever his gaze wanders, he caresses
Gigi the ladies' man, conqueror and seducer who shares delights
a celebration ensues whenever he sings: Zazar, Luna caprese, O sole mio.

Gigi Giuseppe, but everyone calls him amorous Gigi
he drives women mad, every one of them:
the baker who closed her shop on Tuesdays for…
the notary’s wife, is a saint
who had never deceived her husband, not even in her mind
and the counsellor's widow, who didn’t wear mourning clothes
because she was uncomfortable in black
all of them and I, until one day
an American lady arrived, lost her mind
and proposed that they leave for Hollywood
because there you will be the most handsom fellow, she repeated without a breath.

So sad, all of us at the station,
took out our handkerchiefs to bid him adieu, and we prayed for him
so that America would be conquered by him too.
And when he got there, all the women loved him.

Here comes Gigi the ladies' man, wherever his gaze wanders, he caresses
Gigi the ladies' man, conqueror and seducer who shares delights
barely had he arrived and he was already singing to them: Zazar, Luna caprese, O sole mio.

Time has passed since he left
No news is good news, they would say
our lives have changed, no more happiness
we just live to survive.

And despite knowing he is far away
sometimes we seem to hear his voice and a sigh as well
that comes flying to from there in his nostalgic song
conqueror and seducer with his caresses.

Gigi, Gigi, are you hiding there? It hasn’t gone so well for you there, has it?
But Gigi, did you think you’d become the American Gigi,
But Gigi, what were you thinking? You are Giuseppe Fabrizio
Luca Santini and you are a Napolitan.

Corleone, Gigi has come back, Gigi’s come back from America’
Do you hear them, Gigi?
They’re your fans. Don’t go, they are all here
they’ve come to greet you at the station.

Sing Gigi, sing for them, Gigi.
sing for me, I haven’t had anything else to talk about.
Come, sing Gigi, that’s it, Bravo!
Carmela knows that Gigi’s come back from America
Rosalina feels that Gigi’s come back from Hollywood
I’m telling you, but you don’t believe me.