Gigi the Ladies’ Man (Gigi l’amoroso)

Music piece by:
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.


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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 to …
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 handsome fellow
she repeated without a breath.

With what great emotion
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 liked 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 was already singing:
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.