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"Parole parole" is a duet song by Gianni Ferrio, Leo Chiosso and Giancarlo Del Re. The song was originally performed by Mina and Alberto Lupo, as Dalida and Alain Delon recorded another famous version.

Original version

The lyrics were written by Leo Chiosso and Giancarlo Del Re, the authors of the Italian "Teatro 10" series of TV variety nights. The music and the score were by Gianni Ferrio, the conductor of the "Teatro 10" orchestra. In Spring 1972, the song was the closing number of all eight of the "Teatro 10" Saturday nights. The song is an easy listening dialogue of Mina's splendid singing with Alberto Lupo's declamation. The song's theme are hollow words. It intertwines Mina's lamentation of the end of love and the lies she has to hear, while Lupo simply speaks. She reacts and scoffs at the compliments that he gives her, calling them simply empty words - parole. The single was released in April 1972 under PDU, Mina's independent record label to become a top hit of Italian charts. The song was also published as one of the standout tracks of Mina's Cinquemilaquarantatrè album.

Cover versions

The song was included in the I'm Not Scared movie soundtrack. A parody version of "Parole parole" was performed by Adriano Celentano, Mina and Alberto Lupo on the penultimate "Teatro 10" show on May 6, 1972. In recent years the song has been a part of the repertoire of Martina Feri accompanied by Gorni Kramer Quartet.

In 1973 "Paroles... paroles...", with the lyrics translated into French by Michaële, was performed by Dalida with Alain Delon and published by Polydor. The track became a hit in France, Japan and Canada. On the 1996 New Year's Eve program of France 2 channel Alain Delon performed the song again in duet with Céline Dion. In 2001 the song was covered by the participants of the first edition of Star Academy France.

"Amai Sasayaki", the song in Japanese, was recorded by the actor Toshiyuki Hosokawa and the female singer Akiko Nakamura in 1973.

A Spanish version was recorded by singer Lupita D'Alessio and actor Jorge Vargas. D'Alessio and Vargas were married at the time and had a famously rocky relationship.



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