Ol rait

So, it’s the 1970s, and Elvis Presley is Italian, and he can play the harmonica like Bob Dylan, and he’s in a music video directed by Leni Riefenstahl, singing in Esperanto. Except it isn’t Esperanto; that isn’t good enough. No, he’s singing in a language that he made up himself. And he says that Prisencolinensinainciusol means “universal love,” and the Italian Debbie Harry is singing backup, along with about a hundred others. You can watch Adriano Celentano here, and read along to the lyrics here. (Hat tip to Acknowledged Classic.) According to a Russian fansite, Celentano is also an actor, who has appeared in over forty films, including Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, and according to his Wikipedia page, his daughter played Satan in Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.

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