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Music: Francesco Gabbani, Luca Chiaravall, Fabio Ilacqua
Lyrics: Francesco Gabbani, Luca Chiaravall, Fabio Ilacqua
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Italian
Essere o dover essere – il dubbio amletico
Contemporaneo come l’uomo del neolitico
Nella tua gabbia due per tre mettiti comodo
Intellettuali nei caffè, internettologi

Soci onorari al gruppo dei selfisti anonimi
L’intelligenza è démodé
Risposte facili, dilemmi inutili

AAA cercasi (Cerca, sì)
Storie dal gran finale
Sperasi (Spera, sì)
Comunque vada, panta rei
And singing in the rain

Lezioni di Nirvana, c’è il Buddha in fila indiana
Per tutti un’ora d’aria, di gloria
La folla grida un mantra, l’evoluzione inciampa
La scimmia nuda balla

Occidentali’s Karma
Occidentali’s Karma
La scimmia nuda balla
Occidentali’s Karma

Piovono gocce di Chanel su corpi asettici
Mettiti in salvo dall’odore dei tuoi simili
Tutti tuttologi col web
Coca dei popoli, oppio dei poveri

AAA cercasi (cerca sì)
Umanità virtuale
Sex appeal (sex appeal)
Comunque vada, panta rei
And singing in the rain

Lezioni di Nirvana, c’è il Buddha in fila indiana
Per tutti un’ora d’aria, di gloria
La folla grida un mantra, l’evoluzione inciampa
La scimmia nuda balla

Occidentali’s Karma
Occidentali’s Karma
La scimmia nuda balla
Occidentali’s Karma

Quando la vita si distrae cadono gli uomini
Occidentali’s Karma, ah…
Occidentali’s Karma, ah…
La scimmia si rialza, ah…
Namasté Alé

Lezioni di Nirvana, c’è il Buddha in fila indiana
Per tutti un’ora d’aria, di gloria
La folla grida un mantra, l’evoluzione inciampa
La scimmia nuda balla

Occidentali’s Karma
Occidentali’s Karma
La scimmia nuda balla
Occidentali’s Karma

Om…

Translation
To be or having to be – a Hamletic doubt
As contemporary as the Neolithic man
You’re comfy in your 2 by 3 cage
Intellectuals in cafés, internetologists

Honorary members of Selfie Addicts Anonymous
Intelligence is out of fashion
Easy answers, pointless dilemmas

AAA seeking (Seek, yes)
A story with a great ending
Hoping (Hope, yes)
Whatever happens, panta rhei1
And singing in the rain

Lessons in Nirvana, there’s Buddha in single file
It’s a time of fun, of glory for everyone
The crowd shouts out a mantra, evolution stumbles
The naked ape is dancing

Westerners’ karma
Westerners’ karma
The naked ape is dancing
Westerners’ karma

Drops of Chanel rain down onto sterile bodies
Save yourself from the smell of your own kind
Everyone’s a know-it-all with the web
The people’s cocaine, the poor man’s opium

AAA seeking (Seek, yes)
Virtual humanity
Sex appeal (Sex appeal)
Whatever happens, panta rhei
And singing in the rain

Lessons in Nirvana, there’s Buddha in single file
It’s a time of fun, of glory for everyone
The crowd shouts out a mantra, evolution stumbles
The naked ape is dancing

Westerners’ karma
Westerners’ karma
The naked ape is dancing
Westerners’ karma

When life becomes distracted men fall down
Westerners’ karma, ah…
Westerners’ karma, ah…
The naked ape is dancing, ah…
Namaste Alé

Lessons in Nirvana, there’s Buddha in single file
It’s a time of fun, of glory for everyone
The crowd shouts out a mantra, evolution stumbles
The naked ape is dancing

Westerners’ karma
Westerners’ karma
The naked ape is dancing
Westerners’ karma

Om…

Footnotes:
1 “Panta rhei” (Πάντα ῥεῖ; “everything flows” in Ancient Greek) is a key concept in the philosophy of Greek philosopher Heraclitus.

Comments

  • Jasmine says:

    It’s “AAA cercasi”. Without the h’s. AAA is used before a notice saying that (e.g.) a society is looking for new employers, or someone’s looking for a House to rent or for a job. It appeared as a way of appearing first in announcements according to the alphabetical order used.

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