Song Lyric Sunday — That’s Amore

The theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, and Stars and was suggested by King Ben’s Grandma. I’m going with a song from 1953 from Dean Martin titled “That’s Amore.” Why? Because the lyrics reference the moon and the stars.

“That’s Amore” was a 1953 song from composer Harry Warren and lyricist Jack Brooks. It became a major hit and signature song for Dean Martin in the year it was released. Jerry Lewis, then part of the Martin and Lewis comedy team, commissioned Warren and Brooks to write songs for Martin to sing in a movie. According to Lewis, he personally and secretly paid them $30,000 in the hope that one would be a hit for Martin. “That’s Amore” was, indeed, a big hit. The song received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song of that year, but it lost to “Secret Love” from Calamity Jane starring Doris Day.

“That’s Amore” describes love the way they do it in the southern Italy town of Napoli (“Amore” is Italian for “Love”). Filled with passion, the singer compares the feeling to his favorite Italian foods: pizza and pasta fagiole. It’s a quirky romantic song poking a bit of fun at Italian stereotypes.

Here are the lyrics to “That’s Amore.”

(In Napoli where love is king
When boy meets girl here’s what they say)

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella

When the stars make you drool just like a pasta e fasule
That’s amore
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You’re in love
When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreaming, signore
Scusa mi, but you see, back in old Napoli
That’s amore

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore (That’s amore)
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
That’s amore (That’s amore)
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita bella” (Vita bell—Vita bella)
Hearts will play tippy-tippy-tay, tippy-tippy-tay
Like a gay tarantella (lucky fella)

When the stars make you drool just like a pasta e fasule
That’s amore (That’s amore)
When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet
You’re in love
When you walk in a dream but you know you’re not dreaming, signore
Scusa mi, but you see, back in old Napoli
That’s amore (amore)
That’s amore

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — That’s Amore

  1. Paula Light October 10, 2021 / 3:19 am

    Such a great song! So is “Secret Love,” but I would have chosen pizza!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Maggie October 10, 2021 / 6:58 am

    Classic song. I sometimes forget what a nice voice Dean Martin had. Good choice!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. newepicauthor October 10, 2021 / 7:20 am

    “You sing for mama”, I love that line. How can you beat a line like, “the stars make you drool just like a pasta e fasule”, Warren and Brooks took the cake on that one.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam October 11, 2021 / 2:45 am

    I really enjoyed that, I’m a huge fan of Jerry Lewis and it’s nice to see that they were a true team at one stage. Thanks for sharing, it’s made my day.

    Liked by 1 person

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