Di notte il cielo senza stelle è tutto nero

When they make promotional statements about 6 Music, a phrase often used is: ‘The next thing you hear might be the best song you’ve ever heard’.

With thanks to Cerys Matthews, here is a case in point.

Lyrics provided for anyone wanting to sing along

Di notte il cielo senza stelle è tutto nero
così il mio cuore fino all’ultimo pensiero.
Non ha più colore la mia vita senza di te
C’è un’eterna notte disperata dentro di me.

Son nere le pareti bianche della stanza
Dov’è la luce che fa bella l’esistenza?
Chi mi viene incontro per le strade guarda e non sa
che per il mio sguardo anche il sole nero sarà.

E come un bimbo appena nato cerca il mondo,
io cerco il bene che ho perduto e sto piangendo.
Affrontar la vita, se mi manchi, come farò,
se la bianca aurora del mattino nera vedrò.

Di inchiostro nero è diventato il verde mare
da quando so che non potrai più ritornare.
Ogni giorno l’ora del tramonto sempre sarà.
Il mio mondo è nero com’è nera l’oscurità.

Di notte il cielo senza stelle è tutto nero
Così il mio cuore fino all’ultimo pensiero
Non ha più colore la mia vita senza di te
C’è un’eterna notte disperata dentro di me

Mmmmm ….

È come un bimbo appena nato cerca il mondo,
io cerco il bene che ho perduto e sto piangendo ….

Beggin’

Helpful history from Wikipedia:

Beggin’ is a song composed by Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina and popularized by The Four Seasons in 1967. In 2007, the song received new popularity when it was remixed by the French DJ Pilooski. It has since been used as the main theme of a major ad campaign from Adidas, celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Cerys Matthews played it in February and I thought it was rather good

An introduction to Steely Dan

I hardly know Steely Dan at all despite their peak being in my formative decade, the 70s.

I’m vaguely aware of Haitian Divorce but it only properly – and gloriously – entered my consciousness a few weeks ago when Johnnie Walker played it on Sounds of the 70s.

Wikipedia tells me it got to number 17 in 1976 so perhaps it was too minor a hit to register back then ?

The first 35 seconds of this clip are silent

Babs and clean willie were in love they said
So in love the preachers face turned red
Soon everybody knew the thing was dead
He shouts, she bites, they wrangle through the night
She go crazy
Got to make a getaway
Papa say

Chorus:
Oh – no hesitation
No tears and no hearts breakin
No remorse
Oh – congratulations
This is your haitian divorce

She takes the taxi to the good hotel
Bon marché as far as she can tell
She drinks the zombie from the cocoa shell
She feels alright, she get it on tonight
Mister driver
Take me where the music play
Papa say

At the grotto
In the greasy chair
Sits the charlie with the lotion and the kinky hair
When she smiled, she said it all
The band was hot so
They danced the famous merengue
Now we dolly back
Now we fade to black

Tearful reunion in the usa
Day by day those memories fade away
Some babies grow in a peculiar way
It changed, it grew, and everybody knew
Semi-mojo
Whos this kinky so-and-so?
Papa go