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Dio Come Ti Amo


Dio Come Ti Amo (Oh God How Much I Love You)
Written by Domenico Modugno.

Released on the 1991 album Keep The Music Playing

Keep the Music Playing is a 1991 album by Shirley Bassey. The album was recorded in the UK at the Westgreen Studios and in the Netherlands at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum. The album is a mixture of contemporary pop ballads, such as “I Want to Know What Love Is” from Foreigner, the Jennifer Rush power ballad “The Power Of Love”, and the more gentle “Still” from Lionel Richie, combined with standards from the field of jazz and pop, such as “He Was Beautiful”, the sweet jazz ballad from Cleo Laine. Several of the song arrangements reflect an operatic pop style influence, which may have roots in her 1984 album I Am What I Am, which she recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the fact that in the latter mid-1980s she started working with a vocal coach, a former opera singer. Bassey returned to the Beatles with “Yesterday”, as she had previously covered “Something” and “Fool on the Hill” successfully in the 1970s, and had performed “Hey Jude” frequently live. Another previously successful formula was used for the closing track “Dio, Come Ti Amo ” an Italian original in the tradition of “This is My Life” and “Natalie”..

Previously sung by Domenico Modugno. This Italian singer and writer was best known for singing the international hit Volare, which he also co-wrote. Dio Come Ti Amo was the Italian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1966.

Below a video with the official video clip of the song and a great live version on a German TV Show called Telestar.

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Why must I remember
Why can’t I simply close my eyes, go to sleep
And make him disappear
Why must I always hear

Dio come ti-amo
Those were the words he said
Oh god how much I love you
It still runs through my head
The wind began to blow
And all the leaves were flying
He stood there in the night
And tried to keep from crying

What could I have told him
What could I say of you
When love has lost it’s meaning
It’s over, it’s through
And so I hurried on
For someone new was waiting
To hold me in his arms
In endless celebrating
But that was long ago
And many loves have I
But only one was real
And that I let slip by

Dio come ti-amo
I still can hear him say
Oh god how much I love you
Yet I walked away
I know, it’s much to late
But I go right on praying
To have you back again
So you can hear me saying

Dio come ti-amo
Oh god how much I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you

(Transcribed by Roman)


The flamboyant, slippery French Canadian antiques dealer Beau was often pictured with Dame Shirley in later years at various events, however he was viewed with suspicion among Bassey fans and appears to have been absent in recent years.

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April In Paris

For today’s blog three great songs related to this time of the year: April In Paris, Spring Is Here & It Might As Well Be Spring.

A wonderful live version of April In Paris is from the 1988 French TV-show ‘Le Grand Echiquier’.

Although Shirley was suffering from a cold she sings it beautifully.


April in Paris
Chestnuts and blossoms
Holiday tables
Under a tree

April in Paris
This is a feeling
No one can ever reprise

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

‘Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart…

I never knew the charm of spring
Never met it face to face
And I never knew my heart could sing
Never missed a warm embrace

‘Til April in Paris
Whom can I run to
What have you done to
My heart.

To listen to the studio versions

April In Paris (From the 1959 album The Fabulous Shirley Bassey)

Spring Is Here (From the 1962 album Let’s Face The Music)

It Might As Well Be Spring (From the 1962 EP Till and other great songs)