“Oh, Pretty Woman” (commentary & translation)


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” Oh, Pretty Woman”, the song recorded by Roy Orbison in 1964,  tells the story of a man who sees a pretty woman walking by. He wonders if, as beautiful as she is, she might be as lonely as him but seems sure of getting her. Then he tries to be softer and in the end he sounds desperate and is about to give up. It is at this moment that she decides to get caught.

It was composed in a very short time, not over half an hour. That day Roy Orbison was working with his partner Bill Dees at his house when his wife Claudette walked into the room to say she was going into town to buy something. Orbison asked if she needed any money, and Dees said, “A pretty woman never needs any money.”
By the time she got back, the song was completed. It was a Friday, the next Friday they recorded it, and the next Friday it was out.

Translation into Italian:

Bella donna che cammini per la via
Bella donna, del tipo che mi piacerebbe incontrare
Bella donna , non ti credo, non sei vera
Nessuna potrebbe essere bella come te

Bella donna, non mi vuoi perdonare?
Bella donna, non posso fare a meno di guardare
Bella donna, che sembri adorabile come non mai
Sei sola e come me?

Bella donna, fermati un momento
Bella donna parla un po’
Bella donna sorridimi
Bella donna, sì, sì, sì
Bella donna, guarda dalla mia parte
Bella donna, di’ che resterai con me
Perché io ho bisogno di te, ti tratterrò bene
Vieni con me piccola, sii mia stasera

Bella donna, non passare oltre
Bella donna, non farmi piangere
Bella donna, non te ne andare, hey okay
Se è così che deve essere, okay
Credo che andrò a casa, è tardi
Forse sarà domani sera, ma aspetta
Cosa vedo?
Lei sta venendo da me
Si, sta venendo da me!
Oh, oh, bella donna.




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