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    Please can someone provide and translate these lyrics.

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    It's hard to translate this song, as it is not written in literal Italian. I don't really understand the first part, but i've translated the rest so you can have some idea. I didn't translate word-by-word, but to render the idea. The title could be translated either "You want to be American", either "You want to pretend to be American". I hope it can be of some use

    Puorte o cazone cu 'nu stemma arreto
    'na cuppulella cu 'a visiera alzata.
    Passe scampanianno pe' Tuleto
    camme a 'nu guappo pe' te fa guardà!

    Tu vuò fa l' americano!
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN (or pretend to be American)
    mmericano! mmericano
    AMERICAN, AMERICAN
    siente a me, chi t' ho fa fa?
    WHO MAKES YOU DO THAT
    tu vuoi vivere alla moda
    YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THE FASHION
    ma se bevi whisky and soda
    BUT IF YOU DRINK WHISKY AND SODA
    po' te sente 'e disturbà.
    YOU DON'T SEEM TO BE DISTURBED.

    Tu abballe 'o roccorol
    YOU DANCE ROCK'N'ROLL
    tu giochi al basebal '
    YOU PLAY BASEBALL
    ma 'e solde pe' Camel
    BUT THE MONEY TO BUY CAMEL CIGARETTS
    chi te li dà? ...
    WHO GIVES THEM TO YOU?
    La borsetta di mammà!
    YOUR MOTHER'S PURSE!

    Tu vuò fa l' americano
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN
    mmericano! mmericano!
    AMERICAN, AMERICAN
    ma si nato in Italy!
    BUT YOU WERE BORN IN ITALY
    siente a mme
    HEAR ME OUT
    non ce sta' niente a ffa
    YOU'VE GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT
    o kay, napolitan!
    OK, NAPOLITAN
    Tu vuò fa l' american!
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN
    Tu vuò fa l' american!
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN!

    Comme te po' capì chi te vò bene
    HOW CAN THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU UNDERSTAND YOU
    si tu le parle 'mmiezzo americano?
    IF YOU SPEAK HALF AMERICAN (ENGLISH)?
    Quando se fa l 'ammore sotto 'a luna
    WHEN YOU MAKE LOVE UNDER THE MOON
    come te vene 'capa e di:"i love you!?"
    WHAT WILL YOU SAY? "I LOVE YOU"?

    Tu vuò fa l' americano!
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN
    mmericano! mmericano
    AMERICAN, AMERICAN
    siente a me, chi t' ho fa fa?
    WHO MAKES YOU DO THAT
    tu vuoi vivere alla moda
    YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THE FASHION
    ma se bevi whisky and soda
    BUT IF YOU DRINK WHISKY AND SODA
    po' te sente 'e disturbà.
    YOU DON'T SEEM TO BE DISTURBED.

    Tu abballe 'o roccorol
    YOU DANCE ROCK'N'ROLL
    tu giochi al basebal '
    YOU PLAY BASEBALL
    ma 'e solde pe' Camel
    BUT THE MONEY TO BUY CAMEL CIGARETTS
    chi te li dà? ...
    WHO GIVES THEM TO YOU?
    La borsetta di mammà!
    YOUR MOTHER'S PURSE!

    Tu vuò fa l' americano
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN
    mmericano! mmericano!
    AMERICAN, AMERICAN
    ma si nato in Italy!
    BUT YOU WERE BORN IN ITALY
    siente a mme
    HEAR ME OUT
    non ce sta' niente a ffa
    YOU'VE GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH IT
    o kay, napolitan!
    OK, NAPOLITAN!
    Tu vuò fa l' american!
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN!
    Tu vuò fa l' american!
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN!
    Tu vuò fa l' american!
    YOU WANT TO BE AMERICAN!
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    Hello
    I can translate first part because it's neapolitan dialect and i have my best friend just of Napoli

    Puorte o cazone cu 'nu stemma arreto
    You wear trousers with a patch at the back
    'na cuppulella cu 'a visiera alzata.
    a small cap with the peak up
    Passe scampanianno pe' Tuleto
    you walk making boaster for Tuleto ( a zone)
    camme a 'nu guappo pe' te fa guardà!
    like a bully to make watched you

    LADY A , My compliments for your translate because it was really difficult Ciao
    Aley

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    Thank you, i did my best

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    Many Thanks to Lady A and Aley68 this is one of my favorites and all my friends and I loved the music and needed to know the story behind it!

    Tante Grazie,
    Muffinman

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    You're welcome.

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    It's a pleasure for me too
    Ciao

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    ma se bevi whisky and soda
    BUT IF YOU DRINK WHISKY AND SODA
    po' te sente 'e disturbà.
    Your stomach is disturbed, i.e. you get a stomach-ache

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    Really good translation I got off Youtube:

    You're wearing trousers with a tag on the back
    and a cap with the visor turned up,
    parading around Tuleto
    like a lady's man trying to be seen

    You're acting all american,
    american, american,
    listen here: who's asking you to?

    You want to be all trendy,
    but if you drink "whisky and soda"
    you always end up sick!

    You're dancing rock and roll,
    and playing baseball,
    but where'd you get the money
    for the Camel cigarettes?
    Mummy's handbag!

    You're acting all american,
    american, american,
    but you're born in Italy, listen here:
    there's nothing you can do,
    ok napoletano?!
    You're acting all american,
    american, american,

    How can your loved one understand
    if you're speaking half american?
    When you're out loving uder the moon,
    where do you get a phrase like "I love you"?

    You're acting all american,
    american, american,
    but you're born in Italy, listen here:
    there's nothing you can do,
    ok napoletano?!
    You're acting all american,
    american, american,
    ...whisky soda e rock and roll

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    ..no this bit really doesn't do it justice

    When you're out loving uder the moon,
    where do you get a phrase like "I love you"?

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    Excuse me for jumping in, but I think you may have fallen into a pocket of time and place. When Italians started moving to America just before the turn of the last century, and then again after WWII, they developed a patois as they were learning English, called Italish. Really, it was Napolish, because a lot of them had that gutteral southern accent. So, in southern Italian ricootta = riggot', mozzarella = muzzarel', and so on, but English words like shovel and brick house (outhouse) became schiabola and bricossa. The immigrants thought they were speaking English, but their children that they were speaking Italian, for instance, when my grandfather would growl, " Son e ma bice," my dad thought it was Italian. Try the odd words phonetically using Italian spelling, but aloud, and listen for English words with a Naples accent and see if that helps.

    I think you are dealing with a dead dialect!

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