Hey Mambo

So this is in my head.

A girl went back to Napoli,
because she missed the scenery,
the native dances
and the charming songs
but wait a minute…
something’s wrong:

Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Go, go, go, You mixed up Siciliano.
All you Calabraise
do the mambo like a crazy

With a-Hey Mambo!
Don’t wanna tarantella,
Hey Mambo! no more the mozzarella ,
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Try an enchalada with da fish-a-bacala

And then hey goombah!
I love how you dance the rumba.
But take some advice paisano,
learn-a how to mambo
If you gonna be a square
you ain’t-a gonna go nowhere
The Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Go, go Joe, shake-a like a Gioviano,
hello kess-a deech
you getta happy in the feets-a
when you Mambo Italiano !

(…harpsichord…)
Shake baby, shake,
’cause I love when you take me
(…harpsichord…)
Mama say you stop-a or
I’m gonna tell your papa

And then hey jadrool!
You donna have to go to school
Just make-a wid da beat-a bambino,
it’s-a like a vino
Kid you’re good-a-lookin’
but you don’t know what’s cookin,
till you
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Hey Mambo! Mambo Italiano!
Go, go, go, you mixed up Siciliano
— it’s -a so delisha,
everybody can capice
how to Mambo Italiano

I felt the need to share this as I go work on other things to write.

2 thoughts on “Hey Mambo

  1. You bastard.

    It took me years to forget this song after Starbucks imprinted it into my brain.

    Now it’s back.

    You bastard.

  2. Love that song. As a matter of fact, I own a CD that includes it… the soundtrack from Big Night. I recommend it highly… the soundtrack and the movie.

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