Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu)Words & Music by Domenico Modugno & Francesco Migliacci
English lyrics by Mitchell Parrish*
Recorded by Domenico Modugno, 1958 (#1) [won 2 Grammies, 1958]
Also recorded by Bobby Rydell, 1960 (#4)
Intro Verse: (tempo ad lib) C C/B Edim Sometimes the world is a valley Gdim Dm7 Fdim(III) G7 of heartaches and tears G D7 G7 Fdim C Gdim Dm7 G7 And in the hustle and bustle, no sunshine appears; C Am Gdim Cdim Dm7 But you and I have our love always there to remind us D Am7 D7 Dm7 G7 There is a way we can leave all the shadows behind us. Melody: (a tempo) Edim Dm Dm+7 A7 Dm G C C/B Em7 Am Am+7 C7 Vo - la - re, oh oh,cantare, oh oh oh oh. F Fdim C Am Let's fly way up to the clouds, F Fdim C C/B Away from the madd'ning crowds. Am Am+7 Am7 Am6 Let us sing in the glow of a star that I know of, Em B+ Em7 Em6 Where lovers enjoy peace of mind; G G+7 G6 G5/6 Am Let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind. Fm Fm7 Dm7 Fdim G7 Just like birds of a feather, a rainbow together we'll find. Final Refrain: Edim Dm Dm+7 A7 Dm G C C/B Em7 Am Am+7 C7 Vo - la - re, oh oh, cantare, oh oh oh oh. F G7 C C/B Am7 Am7/G No wonder my happy heart sings; F G7 C C/B Am7 Am7/G Your love has given me wings. F G7 C C/B Am7 Am7/G No wonder my happy heart sings; F G7 C Fdim C Your love has given me wings.
*Parrish is, in my opinion, the undisputed king of after-the-fact lyric writing. Among his other lyric jewels written after the music was popularized is a little ditty you may have heard of called "Star Dust."