Lucio Battisti ‎– Una Donna Per Amico

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Lucio Battisti ‎
Una Donna Per Amico

Numero Uno ‎– ZPLN 34036
Italy
1978

Prendila Così

Fantastica, grande canzone … grandioso!
Amazing tune, PRENDILA COSÌ deeply moved me when I heard it for the first time, when I listen it loud and I think also when I will hear it in the next time … What a bass line, what a groove and this dazzling changes of vibes. Alternate motion of deep sadness and hopefully moods so close to each other. But as I discovered the English version (see the YouTube and lyrics below), that also I was able to understand what the vocals are about I finally recognized why is there everything as it is. And if I got it right the hole album Una Donna Per Amico (A woman as friend) is about separation and relationship from men and woman after relationship … The nice pictures by photographer Brian Ward supports me in this interpretation. It was Italy’s fourth best-selling album in 1978 and there are several releases from different countries available but not all have the nice designed photo story gatefold cover.

PRENDILA COSÌ

Prendila così.
Non possiamo farne un dramma.
Conoscevi già mi hai detto
i problemi miei di donna.
Certo che lo so,
certo che lo so.
Non ti preoccupare
tanto avrò da lavorare.
Forse è tardi e rincasare vuoi?

No che non vorrei.
Io sto bene in questo posto.
No che non vorrei.
Questa sera è ancora presto.
Ma che sciocca sei,
ma che sciocca sei.
A parlar di rughe,
a parlar di vecchie streghe,
meno bella certo non sarai,

e siccome è facile incontrarsi
anche in questa grande città
e tu sai che io potrei, purtroppo,
(anzi spera) non esser più solo,
cerca di evitare tutti i posti
che frequento e che conosci anche tu.
Nasce l’esigenza di sfuggirsi
per non ferirsi di più.

Lasciami giù qui.
E’ la solita prudenza.
Loro senza me, mi hai detto,
è un problema di coscienza.
Certo che lo so,
certo che lo so.
Non ti preoccupare
tanto avrò da lavorare
ora è tardi e rincasare vuoi?

No, che non vorrei.
Io sto bene in questo posto.
No che non vorrei.
Dopo corro e faccio presto.


Musica: LUCIO BATTISTI
Parole: MOGOL
Edizioni musicali: ACQUA AZZURRA S.r.l.
ZPLN 34036

TAKE IT AS IT COMES (Prendila così)

Prendila così
try to make it easy on yourself.
Take it as it comes, oh baby
wish I could say something that could help.
Funny how things change, sad the way we change
sad to think two lovers
who couldn’t live without each other
find themselves with nothing left to say.

Let’s not close our heads
just because it’s falling apart.
What we had is gone or maybe
it was simply wrong right from the start.
Wasn’t meant to be
prendila così
I don’t want to fake it
girl we’re old enough to take it
strong enough to turn and walk away.

And if I should see you maybe walking
hand in hand with somebody new!
Oh I beg you please keep right on walking
don´t ask how I’m doing!
We’ve been through so much together baby
we can never be the way we were before!

And trying to pretend you’re just a friend, love
would only hurt me much more.
Prendila così
that’s the way we said it should be
we´ll face it as it comes oh darling
no more sad old songs or tragedies
must be on my way though I’d love to stay
there’ll be much more sorrow
if we wait until tomorrow
No, I think it’s easier this way.

Wasn’t meant to be
prendila così
I don’t want to fake it
girl we’re old enough to take it
strong enough to turn and walk away.

And if I should see you maybe walking
hand in hand with somebody new!
Oh I beg you please keep right on walking
don´t ask how I’m doing!
We’ve been through so much together baby
we can never be the way we were before!

And trying to pretend you’re just a friend, girl
would only hurt me much more.
Prendila così
try to make it easy on yourself.
Take it as it comes, oh baby
I´m sure that you´ll find love with someone else!


Music: LUCIO BATTISTI
Lyrics: MOGOL
Edition: ACQUA AZZURRA S.r.l.
ZPLN 34036

Tracklist

A1 Prendila Così (7:48)
A2 Donna Selvaggia Donna (4:40)
A3 Aver Paura D’Innamorarsi Troppo (5:46)
A4 Perché No (5:45)

B1 Nessun Dolore (6:10)
B2 Una Donna Per Amico (5:21)
B3 Maledetto Gatto (4:19)
B4 Al Cinema (4:33)

Credits

Bass – Dave Olney (tracks: A2, A3, B2), Paul Westwood
Drums, Percussion – Gerry Conway
Engineer [Assistant] – Alan Douglas, Simon Hurrell
Engineer [Sound] – Greg Walsh
Guitar – Pip Williams
Lyrics By – Mogol
Music By, Vocals – Lucio Battisti
Percussion – Frank Ricotti (tracks: A4 to B2, B4), Gerry Conway
Photography By – Brian Ward
Producer, Arranged By, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Voice – Geoff Westley


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Lucio Battisti ‎
Una Donna Per Amico

Numero Uno ‎– ZPLN 34036
Italy
1978