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Caravan Petrol, Renato Carosone

Written by Carosone & Nisa in 1958, sung by Gegè Di Giacomo (Naples, 17 January 1918 - Naples, 1 April 2005), a creative artist and gret singer, a grandson of Salvatore Di Giacomo (Napoli, 13 March 1860 - 4 April 1934), the "national" poet of Naples.
Caravan Petrol, Renato Carosone"Caravan Petrol" is the ironic story of a Neapolitan guy who goes digging in Naples in search of oil. The song was a huge hit, reaching the top of the charts. In 1960 director Mario Amendola made a movie ("Caravan Petrol") from the song, starring Nino Taranto and Renato Carosone himself.

Notes: The Pazzariello was a barker and street artist in full Bourbon-like uniform, typical of the Neapolitan folk tradition, often advertising a pub or product.

Toledo is a historic street of Naples, about 1.2 km long, the core of Neapolitan shopping and cultural life since the 16th century, when it was built on order of viceroy Pedro Alvarez de Toledo and designed by architects Ferdinando Manlio and Giovanni Benincasa.

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Caravan petrol!...[Napoli petrolifera!]
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan
Caravan petrol!...[oil drilling Naples!]
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan
 
M'aggio affittato 'nu cammello,
m'aggio accattato 'nu turbante,
'nu turbante 'a Rinascente
c'o pennacchio russo e blù.
I rented myself a camel
I bought myself a turban
a turban at the Rinascente
with a red and blue plume
 
C' 'o fiasco mmano e 'o tammuriello
cerco 'o ppetrolio americano
mentre abballano 'i beduine,
mentre cantano 'e ttribbù...
With a bottle in hand and a tambourine
I'm looking for American petroleum
while the Bedouin are dancing
while the tribes are singing
 
Comme si' bello
a cavallo a 'stu cammello
c' 'o binocolo a tracolla,
c' 'o turbante e 'o narghilè!
How beautiful you are
riding on this camel
with binoculars on strap
with a turban and a hookah
 
Uè, si' curioso
mentre scave stu pertuso,
scordatella, nun è cosa!
Hey, you are curious
while you're digging this hole
forget it, it is nonsense
 

Cca 'o petrolio nun ce stà.
Allah! Allah! Allah!
Ma chi t'ha fatto fa?
Here, oil, there is none
Allah! Allah! Allah!
but who made you do it?
 
Comme si' bello a cavallo a 'stu cammello
c' 'o binocolo a tracolla,
c' 'o turbante e 'o narghilè!
How beautiful you are
riding on this camel
with binoculars on strap
with a turban and a hookah
 
C' 'o fiasco mmano e c' 'o cammello,
che guardie 'nnanze e 'a folla arreto,
rrevutà faccio Tuleto,
Nun se po' cchiù cammenà.
With a bottle in hand and with a camel
with the guards in front and behind the crowd
I can turn Toledo upside down
you can not walk anymore
 
"Jammo! E' arrivato 'o Pazzariello!
S'è travestuto 'a Manelicche,
mmisca 'o pepe c' 'o tabacco!...
Ma chi è st' Alì Babbà?..."
Let's go, the Pazzariello is here!
He disguised as Menelik
He's mixing pepper with tobacco
But who can this be, Ali Baba?
 
Comme si' bello
a cavallo a 'stu cammello
c' 'o binocolo a tracolla,
c' 'o turbante e 'o narghilè
How beautiful you are
riding on this camel
with binoculars on strap
with a turban and a hookah
 
Uè, si' curioso
mentre scave stu pertuso,
scordatella, nun è cosa!
Cca 'o petrolio nun ce stà.
Hey, you are curious
while you're digging this hole
forget it, it is nonsense
Here, oil, there is none
 
Comme si' bello
a cavallo a 'stu cammello
c' 'o binocolo a tracolla,
c' 'o turbante e 'o narghilè
How beautiful you are
riding on this camel
with binoculars on strap
with a turban and a hookah
 
Uè, si' curioso
mentre scave stu pertuso,
scordatella, nun è cosa!
Cca 'o petrolio nun ce stà.
Hey, you are curious
while you're digging this hole
forget it, it is nonsense
Here, oil, there is none
 
Alláh! Alláh! Alláh!
Non vojo cchiu scava!
Comme so' bello
a cavallo a 'stu camello,
Alláh! Alláh! Alláh!
I won't dig any more!
How beautiful I am
riding on this camel
 
c' 'o binocolo a tracolla,
c' 'o turbante e 'o narghilè!...
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan
with binoculars on strap
with a turban and a hookah
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan petrol!...
Caravan