lunedì 18 luglio 2016

The song of July: Summer nights

Eccoci alla nostra monthly song di Luglio.
Margherita era inizialmente partita dall'idea di scegliere e tradurre una delle hit estive 2016: andando, però, a leggere con attenzione il testo di molte di esse, ci siamo accorte che, nella maggior parte, il loro contenuto era o volgare o ateo o comunque conteneva  passaggi  che "non ci piacevano".
Abbiamo allora pensato di fare un salto indietro nel tempo e, con grande gioia di Margherita, abbiamo scelto "Summer nights", una delle canzoni dell'intramontabile "Grease".
Siamo nel punto in cui Danny e Sandy raccontano ai rispettivi amici le loro indimenticabili "Summer nights". Il contrasto dato dal differente punto di vista regala ancora oggi leggerezza, vivacità, ironia e divertimento.
Ecco qui i video che abbiamo guardato.
Direttamente dal film, con introduzione parlata.

Con sottotitoli 

Solo testo senza immagini, diviso per colori a seconda dei personaggi. 

L'ultima impostazione è piaciuta particolarmente a Margherita, che l'ha quindi mantenuta anche nel testo scritto e nella sua traduzione. 
The song of July

Summer lovin’ had me a blast
summer lovin’, happened so fast
I met a girl crazy for me
I met a boy, cute as can be
Summer days driftin’ away, to uh-oh those summer nights
Tell me more, tell me more, did you get very far?
Tell me more, tell me more, like, does he have a car?
She swam by me, she got a cramp
he ran by me, got my suit damp
I saved her life, she nearly drowned
he showed off, splashing around
Summer sun, something’s begun,
but uh-oh those summer nights
Tell me more, tell me more, was it love at first sight?
Tell me more, tell me more, did she put up a fight?
Took her bowlin’ in the Arcade
we went strollin’, drank lemonade
We made out under the dock
we stayed up until ten o’clock
Summer thing don’t mean a thing,
but uh-oh those summer nights
Tell me more, tell me more, but you don’t gotta brag
Tell me more, tell me more, cause he sounds like a drag
He got friendly, holdin’ my hand
 well she got friendly, down in the sand
He was sweet, just turned eighteen
well she was good, you know what I mean
Summer heat, boy and girl meet,
but uh-oh those summer nights
Tell me more, tell me more, how much dough did he spend?
Tell me more, tell me more, could she get me a friend?
It turned colder, that’s where it ends
so I told her we’d still be friends
Then we made our true love vow
wonder what she’s doin’ now
Summer dreams ripped at the seams,
but oh, those summer nights...
Tell me more, tell me more...

Come sempre, abbiamo poi cercato informazioni sul brano, che abbiamo letto e tradotto oralmente.

"Summer Nights" is a popular song from the musical Grease. Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, its best-known version was recorded by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John for the big-screen adaptation of the musical, and released as a single that same year.
"Summer Nights" became a massive hit in both the United States and United Kingdom during the summer of 1978.

In the movie version of Grease, Travolta and Newton-John played the lead roles of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson.
The song derives from a summertime love affair between Danny and Sandy, which had ended upon Sandy's revelation that she was moving back to Australia with her family. However, Sandy soon learns that her family is staying in the United States and subsequently enrolls at Rydell High School, where Danny is also a student. It quickly becomes clear that there are unresolved feelings of love between Danny and Sandy.
Separately and unknown to each other, both Danny and Sandy meet with their respective group of friends and share their perspectives of their summertime fling. Danny, the leader of a greaser gang known as "The T-Birds", brags about the physical aspects of the relationship; Sandy remarks to the schoolgirl groupe "The Pink Ladies" about her emotional attachment to Danny. The resulting conversations are played out through the song.
The song was an even bigger hit in the USA and UK, , combined with "You're the One That I Want".
In 2010, Billboard ranked it No. 9 on their "Best Summer Songs of All Time" list.

Infine, Margherita ha rappresentato il brano con un acquerello.

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