“Beautiful That Way” (Life is Beautiful)

 

Smile, without a reason why
Love, as if you were a child,
Smile, no matter what they tell you
Don’t listen to a word they say
Cause life is beautiful that way.

Tears, a tidal wave of tears
Light, that slowly disappears
Wait, before you close the curtain
There is still another game to play
And life is beautiful that way

Here with his eyes forevermore
I will always be as close as you
remember from before
Now that you’re out there on your own
Remember what is real and
what we dream is love alone

Keep the laughter in your eyes
Soon your long awaited prize
We’ll forget about our sorrows
And think about a brighter day
Cause life is beautiful that way.

We’ll forget about our sorrows
And think about a brighter day,
Cause life is beautiful that way
There’s still another game to play
And life is beautiful that way.

The song is a vocal version of the theme song from Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning film “Life is Beautiful”. The lyrics were written by Israeli singer Noa (Achinoam Nini) to the music of Italian film composer Nicola Piovani.

“The movie “La vita è bella” by Roberto Benigni is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. It made me laugh and cry uncontrollably and its haunting beauty stayed with me months after I’d seen it. I think Benigni’s great achievement in this film is in showing that happiness, optimism and hope are strong survival forces that even the horrors of the Holocaust could not eradicate. Israel is living proof of that concept, and that’s why the movie affected us so deeply. Needless to say, when we were approached to write lyrics for one of Nicola Piovani’s beautiful melodies from the award-winning soundtrack, we were overjoyed and put our hearts lovingly into the task. The result is this song. When Benigni himself called to say he was crazy about it, we nearly had a heart-attack. It is a true honor for all of us to have a small part in this great masterpiece.” (Noa)

Sorridi, anche senza una ragione
Ama, come se fossi un bambino
Sorridi, non importa cosa ti dicono,
non ascoltare una parola di ciò che dicono
perché la vita è bella così.

Lacrime, un’ondata di lacrime
Luce, che lentamente sparisce
Aspetta, prima di chiudere il sipario,
c’è ancora un altro gioco da fare
e la vita è bella così

Qui, nei suoi occhi per sempre
sarò così vicino come
ti ricordi da prima
Ora che sei là fuori da solo
ricorda ciò che è vero e che
quel che sogniamo è solo amore.

Conserva il sorriso nei tuoi occhi,
presto (avrai) il premio tanto atteso
e noi dimenticheremo i nostri dolori
e penseremo a un giorno più luminoso
perché la vita è bella così.

Dimenticheremo i nostri dolori
e penseremo ad un giorno più luminoso
perché la vita è bella così.
C’è ancora un altro gioco da fare
e la vita è bella così.
(L.Z.)

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