Prisencolinensinainciusol


A recent conversation made me recall something I’d heard about a while back – a song written by an Italian in a gibberish that portrays what English sounds like to Italians.

The song was originally written in 1972 but had a bit of a resurgence on the internet lately, and that registered in my mind.  I’ve just looked into it – yes, I know, I’m supposed to be writing today – and it’s called Prisencolinensinainciusol, and this is the video produced of it for Italian TV. It’s a crackingly catchy song, all the more so for the fact it’s a load of nonsense.

The composer, Italian singer Adriano Celentano, seems to have said it was written in total gibberish.  However I like the subtitles that the uploader of this video has added, based on the English words it sounds most like, because it makes it sound even more gibberish.

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