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Published on May 14, 2012

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Caruso by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla in 1986. It is dedicated to Enrico Caruso, an Italian tenor. Controversially, the song simply tells about the pains and longings of a man who is about to die while he is looking in the eyes of a girl who was very dear to him.


Qui dove il mare luccica
e tira forte il vento
su una vecchia terrazza davanti al golfo di Surriento
un uomo abbraccia una ragazza
dopo che aveva pianto
poi si schiarisce la voce e ricomincia il canto:

Te voglio bene assai
ma tanto tanto bene sai
è una catena ormai
che scioglie il sangue dint'e vene sai...

Vide le luci in mezzo al mare
pensò alle notti là in America
ma erano solo le lampare
e la bianca scia di un'elica
sentì il dolore nella musica
si alzò dal pianoforte
ma quando vide la luna uscire da una nuvola
gli sembrò più dolce anche la morte.
Guardò negli occhi la ragazza
quegli occhi verdi come il mare
poi all'improvviso uscì una lacrima
e lui credette di affogare.

Te voglio bene assai ... (2)

Cover versions

El Cigala covered the song in his album Dos Lagrimas singing the chorus in Italian while translating the rest of the song to spanish.
Andrea Bocelli covered the song on his debut album Il mare calmo della sera (1994) and later in his best-selling album Romanza.
Luciano Pavarotti recorded the song in 1986. ( "The best version so far" is into the "Tutto Pavarotti" double album ). He sang it in many of his concerts, most notably with The Three Tenors, which is included in the Paris 1998 album.
Lara Fabian, a multi-national singer who sings in Quebec, Canada, as well as in Belgium and the US, included this song on her En Toute Intimité album (2003). She also gave a virtuoso performance of it as part of her 2003 Tour.
Julio Iglesias covered this song in his album Crazy. (1994)
Josh Groban covered this song in his second studio album Closer (2003).
A slowed down version was featured on Il Divo's Siempre album released in November 2006, which includes several key changes and an arrangement of the song for four voices.
Florent Pagny covered the song in 1996. Released as a single, his version peaked at #2 in France and #3 in Belgium (Wallonia).
It was covered by Antonio Forcione with Sabina Scubbia on vocals in his 1997 album Meet Me In London.r.
Italian pop music icon Mina covered this song as part of the Ti conosco mascherina double LP, originally released in 1990.
Zizi Possi recorded the song on the album "Per Amore" (1997).
Mercedes Sosa covered the song on her album Sino (1993).
Neal Schon (American rock guitarist - Journey - Santana) recorded a guitar instrumental version of this song in his album "Voice" 2001.
In 2005 the song was covered by British tenor Jon Christos on his debut album Northern Light.
In 2006, Mario Frangoulis included this song on his CD/DVD Music of the Night (Sony Classical) of his live performance at the Herod Atticus Theatre in Athens, Greece, 2005.
The Chilean singer Bárbara Muñoz, recorded a pop version of the song in her album "Amanecer" in 2006. This song was performed before when she participated in the TV program "Rojo Fama Contrafama"
Trumpeter Chris Botti covered the song from 2007 album "Italia."
In 2007 the song was covered by Paul Potts on his first album One chance. Paul Potts is a British tenor vocalist who in 2007 became the winner of the first series of ITV's Britain's Got Talent, singing an operatic aria, "Nessun Dorma" from Giacomo Puccini's Turandot.
In 2008 the song was covered by Next Time, a Macedonian rock band.
In 2008 the group Pharos covered it for the album The Best POP Opera 2008
In 2009, Dominic Mancuso covered this song on his Juno-award-winning album Comfortably Mine.
In 2010, 14-year old Cristian Imparato covered this song on Italian's Mediaset Canale 5 show, Io Canto, later becoming the "Campione" or Winner of the show.
On January 22, 2010, Danny Jones from McFly sang a shortened version of the song in the second round of ITV's Popstar to Operastar.

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