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Video: Adriano Celentano performs “Prisencolinensinainciusol”

Vox Populi contributing editor John Samuel Tieman says of this video: 
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I love this song. I first heard it on the TV show Fargo.
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Wikipedia says, “The song is meant to sound to its intended Italian audience like English spoken with an American accent, but the lyrics are actually pure gibberish, with the exception of the words all right. Celentano’s intention with the song was to explore communications barriers. ‘Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did. So at a certain point, because I like American slang—which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian—I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything.'”
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And today, I just got to wondering whether my World History class is ever like this.   I think I’m being real cool, my students seem responsive, but this is what I sound like to them….
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