Grass Roots - Bella Linda (Balla Linda)

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Bella Linda, try and understand
Bella Linda, I'm doin' all I can
Bella Linda, I'm only what I am

It's so hard for me to say
The things I really feel
If I could I'd chase away
The pain your eyes reveal
The pain your eyes reveal
From foolish things I've done
The times that I let you down
And I'll never change, believe me I try
If you go away, you know that I'll die
Oh I love you, please don't say goodbye

Bella Linda, try and understand
Bella Linda, I'm doin' all I can
Bella Linda, I'm only what I am

We've had bad times
Through the years
And though I've made you cry
Think of me through tender tears
And try to close your eyes
And try to close your eyes
To thoughtless things I do
The dreams that don't come true
'Cause I'll never change, believe me I try
If you go away, you know that I'll die
Oh I need you, please don't say goodbye

Bella Linda, try and understand
Bella Linda, I'm doin' all I can
Bella Linda, I'm only what I am

Bella Linda, try and understand
Bella Linda, I'm doin' all I can
Bella Linda, I'm only what I am

 

(Testo e adattamento in inglese di Steve Barri e Barry Gross, originale di Battisti e Mogol )

 

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The Grass Roots, after the success of Let's Live For Today (Piangi con me) #8 in the top-10 U.S. in 1967, proposed an English version of the first success of Lucio Battisti, the most famous songwriter in Italy during the sixties and seventies. This song arrived at 28 U.S. ranking. Lucio Battisti in the USA is remembered, judging from what is listed on All Music, more as the author of this song than for his next attempt in English (The Sun Song). As can be seen comparing the lyrics in Italian and English, the English authors, as the Italian ones of the same period, often strated from the originallyrics to develop a completely different text. The American Linda does not have the intention to dance.

 

Lucio Battisti - Balla Linda

 

Balla Linda, balla come sai
Balla Linda non fermarti
Balla Linda, balla come sai.

Occhi azzurri belli come i suoi
Linda, forse non li hai,
ridi sempre, non parli mai d'amore
peṛ non sai mentire mai

Bella sempre, dolce come lei
Linda, forse tu non sei,
tu non dici che resti insieme a me
peṛ non mi abbandoni mai,
tu non mi lasci mai,
ti cerco e tu... e tu ci sei...
ti cerco e tu.. mi dài quel che puoi,
non fai come lei, non, non fai come lei,
tu non prendi tutto quello che vuoi.

Balla Linda, balla come sai
Balla Linda non fermarti
Balla Linda, balla come sai.

Occhi azzurri belli come i suoi
Linda, forse non li hai,
ridi sempre, non parli mai d'amore
peṛ non sai mentire mai.
Tu non mi lasci mai
ti cerco e tu mi dai quel che vuoi
non fai come lei, no, non fai come lei
tu non prendi tutto quello che vuoi

Balla Linda, balla come sai
Balla Linda non fermarti
Balla Linda, balla come sai.
Balla Linda, balla come sai
Balla Linda non fermarti
Balla Linda, balla come sai.

(Mogol / Battisti)

 

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