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“Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
people dancing, people laughing
a man selling ice cream
singing Italian songs
Eh Cumpari, ci vo sunari
can you dig it (yes, I can)
and I’ve been waiting such a long time
for Saturday

Another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
another day in the park
I think it was the Fourth of July
people talking, really smiling
a man playing guitar
(play a song, play a song, play on)
singing for us all (singing for us)
will you help him change the world
can you dig it (yes, I can)
and I’ve been waiting such a long time
for today

Slow motion riders fly the colours of the day
a bronze man still can tell stories his own way
listen children all is not lost, all is not lost
oh no, no

Forty days in the park
and every day’s the Fourth of July
forty days in the park
every day’s the Fourth of July
people reaching, people touching
a real celebration
waiting for us all (waiting for us all)
if we want it, really want it
can you dig it (yes, I can)
and I’ve been waiting such a long time
for the day
yeah, yeah, yeah”.

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Chicago, Saturday in the park – 3:56
(Robert William Lamm)
Album: Chicago V (1972)

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Citazioni.

Saturday in the Park is a song written by Robert Lamm and recorded by the group Chicago for their 1972 album Chicago V. “Saturday in the Park” was very successful upon release, reaching  No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s highest-charting single at the time, helping lift the album to  No. 1. Billboard ranked it as the No. 76 song for 1972. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA, selling over 1,000,000 units in the U.S. alone. According to fellow Chicago member Walter Parazaider, Lamm was inspired to write the song during the recording of Chicago V in New York City on July 4, 1971 (actually a Sunday): “Robert came back to the hotel from Central Park very excited after seeing the steel drum players, singers, dancers, and jugglers. I said, ‘Man, it’s time to put music to this!“. However, Lamm recalls the story differently, as he told Billboard magazine: “It was written as I was looking at footage from a film I shot in Central Park, over a couple of years, back in the early ‘70s. I shot this film and somewhere down the line I edited it into some kind of a narrative, and as I watched the film I jotted down some ideas based on what I was seeing and had experienced. And it was really kind of that peace and love thing that happened in Central Park and in many parks all over the world, perhaps on a Saturday, where people just relax and enjoy each other’s presence, and the activities we observe and the feelings we get from feeling a part of a day like that“.
In the studio version of the song, the line “singing Italian songs” is followed by “Eh Cumpari” (the title of a song made famous by Julius La Rosa in 1953), and then Italian-sounding nonsense words, rendered in the printed lyrics as “?”. Piano, guitar, and vocal sheet music arrangements have often read “improvised Italian lyrics” in parentheses after this line. However, in a film of Chicago performing “Saturday in the Park” at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago in 1972, Robert Lamm clearly sings, “Eh Cumpari, ci vo sunari,” the first line of “Eh, Cumpari!””.

(Wikipedia, voce Saturday in the Park (song))

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