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"O Sole Mio" and "It's Now or Never": The Same Song?

 
 
Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2005 02:15 pm
I've always wondered about this. I know that "O Sole Mio" and "It's Now or Never" have the exact same melody, but the words are completely different when translated. So what is the deal? What is the connection here? Did some songwriter steal the melody from "O Sole Mio" and just write completely new lyrics? Why would someone do that? Why wouldn't they just take the italian lyrics and translate the damn things!?
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Synonymph
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 11:56 am
The second one is "based on" the first, according to a lyrics credit for the Elvis version.
George
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:08 pm
...and "Surrender" was based on "Torna a Surriento"...
George
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:10 pm
Now that I thnk of it, "Love Me Tender" was based on "Aura Lee",
a Civil War era ballad.

A pattern emerges...
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Synonymph
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:11 pm
...and "Bittersweet Symphony" was based on "Last Time." Or so the judge said.
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George
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:12 pm
OK, ya got me there.
<googling>
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Synonymph
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:14 pm
............
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Synonymph
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:16 pm
I think I broke the rules. It's not an Elvis song.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:27 pm
I knew Ray Charles had used, or did riffs on, old timey gospel tunes for "I gotta a woman" and some others, but it never dawned on me until now that Elvis was doing the same thing.
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Synonymph
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:34 pm
,,,,,,,,,
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:37 pm
Just last week. There on the screen was a genius playing the part of a genius.

Joe(E-A7-B7)Nation
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Synonymph
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:46 pm
Spellbinding.
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 12:47 pm
I saw Ray, and Joe said it best.

Kicky, everything was based on something. Just ask Isaac Newton.

Unbekannt
ยป Volare


VOLARE OHO CANTARE OHOHOHO
LET'S FLY WAY UP TO THE CLOUDS
AWAY FROM THE NOISENING CROWDS
WE CAN SING IN THE GLOW OF A STAR THAT I KNOW
WHERE LOVERS ENJOY PEACE OF MIND
LET US LEAVE IN CONFUSION AND ALL DISSILUSION BEHIND
JUST LIKE BIRDS OF A FEATHER THE RAINBOW TOGETHER WE'LL FIND
VOLARE OHO CANTARE OHOHOHO
NEL BLU DI PINTO DI BLU
FELICE DISTARE LASSU
E VOLAVO VOLAVO FELICE PIUN ALTO
E SOLE DANCORA DIL SU
NEN TIL MONDO PIAGIANO SPARIVO LONTANO LA GIU
UNA MUSICA GOCIA SONJAVO SOLTANTO PER ME
VOLARE OHO CANTARE OHOHOHO
NO WONDER MY HAPPY HEART SING
YOUR LOVE HAS GIVEN ME WINGS
NEL BLU DI PINTO DI BLU
FELICE DISTARE LASSU
NO WONDER MY HAPPY HEART SING
YOUR LOVE HAS GIVEN ME WINGS.

And I thought Dean Martin had done that!
George
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 01:05 pm
I'm based on my butt right now.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 01:10 pm
The first time I heard the Doors' song "Hello, I Love You" I thought, holy cow, that's such a ripoff of the Kinks' "All Day and all of the Night". I still think so...
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George
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 01:17 pm
Good one, D.

How about the theme to "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
and the old Kent cigarette theme?
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 01:26 pm
Well, George, just be glad your butt ain't based in Guantanamo.

Hey, d'art. I know the Doors but not the Kinks.

Another borrowed tune:

Danny Boy and Londonderry Aire.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 01:35 pm
The Kinks, Letty, were fairly popular in the '60s and '70s. The song I mentioned was one of their early hits. A later big hit was "Lola" ("L-O-L-A, Lola..."). Led by Ray and Dave Davies...
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 01:42 pm
Thanks, d'art. That song must have been in my jazz daze. The only reason that I know about the Doors is 'cause of Val Kilmer.
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Synonymph
 
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Reply Fri 17 Jun, 2005 02:07 pm
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