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Thank God There’s Silvio

19 Feb

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Oh yes, folks, we’re having a grand old time over here during election week! A big huge grazie goes out to Catherine, divine author of The Divorced Lady’s Companion to Living in Italy for sparking my memory about one of the most mind-boggling and purely comic gold videos I’ve seen over here, a campaign song for beloved Berlusca released back in 2008.

Follow anything about Berlusconi? He’s that guy that used to be president and is running again? Yeah, that one? Ever heard of him?

To try to give you a Cliff’s Notes version, I simply typed in “Silvio Berlusconi’s biggest gaffes” into Google and lo! None other than Time Magazine coming through with the assist here, in the cleverly titled Top 10 Worst Silvio Berlusconi Gaffes. This, you do realize, my dear readers, assumes that there are more than 10, and that these are simply the “worst” that the venerable Time could compile as of press time last December.

So I’m thinking that the only reason this video didn’t make it into the Top 10 is because it’s all in Italian. But don’t despair! I’ll translate it for you. Because that’s what my blog is for. Distributing random Italian goodness and putting it through the meat grinder until it comes out the other side in English. You can thank me later.

Actually, you can thank me by singing along. And I want you to REALLY get into it when the dude in the call center stands up, and the women all swivel around simultaneously in their chairs. Do it.

There’s a big dream, that lives in us, we’re the people of freedom (his party’s name, PdL) President we’re with you…
THANK GOD FOR SILVIO (or “luckily Silvio’s there,” or “Thank goodness there’s Silvio” … you can choose your fave)

We’re the people, who love and believe, who want to transform the dream into reality, President we’re with you…
GOD BLESS THE HEAVENS FOR SILVY (ok I used poetic license there)

We’re the people, that never give up, that stretch out a hand, that give strength, President we’re with you…
OH THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR OUR SILVSTER

Long live Italy, the Italy that’s chosen, to still believe, in this dream, President we’re with you…
MENOMALECHESILVIOC’E’

Say it like this, with that strength, that normally only someone who’s pure-minded has, President we’re with you…
WAIT– WHAT THE F? DID HE JUST SAY PURE-MINDED? Um, I have a *wee* bit of an issue with that. Maybe it’s ironic. STICA… MENOMALECHESILVIOC’E’

Sing it again: (this is where it gets a bit monotonous and repetitive. What’s that? What’s that, you say? Repetition and brain-washing, you say? Don’t mind if I do! One moment, please, while I throw a block quote at you:)

Kathleen Taylor, University of Oxford neuroscientist and author of Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control, argues that argues that the term brainwashing is useful when used to refer to a more coercive form of persuasion than overt indoctrination and torture. She explains that repetition is an integral part of brainwashing techniques.

Now finish your singing, finish your singing, finish your singing:

Presidente siamo con te
Menomale che Silvio c’è
Presidente siamo con te
Menomale che Silvio c’è
Viva l’Italia
L’Italia che ha scelto
Di credere ancora in questo sogno
Presidente siamo con te
Menomale che Silvio c’è
Viva l’Italia
L’Italia che ha scelto
Di credere ancora in questo sogno
Presidente siamo con te
Menomale che Silvio c’è
Viva l’Italia
L’Italia che ha scelto
Di credere ancora in questo sogno
Presidente siamo con te
Menomale che Silvio c’è
Presidente questo è per te
Menomale che Silvio c’è

And, this just in from The Guardian! Meno male che Silvio’s trial date is postponed due to campaign commitments! Presidente we’re with you!

Berlusconi

Oh, and hey, BTW subtitle people? You must not have read this before you went into post-production, I’m guessing? MENOMALE!