"I Once Loved an Italian Girl" #WritefortheDanteSocietyBC

Updated: Aug 12

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Thanks to the musician Martin Paul from Texas for sharing with us his love ballad - set in late 1980s Italy, when still there were Lire as currency instead of Euros.


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Check Paul's full ballad "Un'Altra Birra, Per Favore (How I Learned Italian)" here below!



"Un'Altra Birra, Per Favore (How I Learned Italian)"

by Martin Paul



So many years ago .....I took a long trip, I had a short stay . . .

Went to see my pretty baby, she gets cuter every day

Everyplace I went, well it was pretty as could be &

Everybody that I met there, I was happy to meet -

Didn’t know the language, but things went okay

Right about the time I learned to say . . .


Un'altra birra, per favore - that’s Hey bartender, can I have one more!

Ciao means goodbye, & Ciao’s hello

A pretty girl is molto bello


I had to see my baby ‘cause I just couldn’t wait

It would be a long time ’til she got back to the States -

I met her mom & dad & sister, her aunt & grandmother

And a guy named Lucas that they called their brother

He took us out to eat, it was a real nice place

And I saw him smile when he heard me say...



Un'altra birra, per favore - that’s Hey bartender, can I have one more!

Ciao means goodbye, & Ciao’s hello

If you get real good food, that’s Ottimo!


Well, they got some funny money there that they call Lire

A thousand of them’s about a dollar here -

You gotta wait in customs when you get off the plane,

Then turn your dollars into Lire & you’re on your way

They look a little different, but they spend just the same

Right about the time you learn to say -


(2X)Un’ altra birra, per favore - that’s Hey bartender, can I have one more!

Ciao means goodbye, & Ciao’s hello…

(1st X) A pretty girl is molto bello

(2nd X) If you like her, say Ti amo!



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