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Il Pulcino Pio

"Il Pulcino Pio" (= the chirping chick) was released as a single on 18 July 2012 on Globo Records by the Rome radio station Radio Globo; sung by actress Morgana Giovannetti, it became the 2012 summer hit (a true "tormentone" as in the 1960's) single in Italy staying at top of charts for 8 consecutive weeks.




Il Pulcino Pio "Il pulcino Pio" is an Italian adaptation of the Brazilian opera piece "O Pintinho" composed by Erisvaldo Da Silva in 1985 and first interpreted by "Trio Nortista" in Brazil. The rights of the song were later acquired by Globo Records, Rome, and it was translated to Italian by Bruno Benvenuti, Lucio Scarpa, Alessandro Tirocchi, Maurizio Paniconi and Morgana Giovannetti. It also became quite a hit in France, Spain, the Netherlands, and other European countries in their local language versions: "The Little Chick Cheep", "Le poussin Piou", "El Pollito Pío", "Het kuikentje Piep", "El Pollet Piu".

It was a massive hit in summer resorts, where recreational staff would lead vacationers of all ages to dance to the different movements, and became a feature in discos and night clubs. Because of the great following, a number of parodies also started to emerge. The song ends with a tractor running over the chick, which does not happen in the original Brazilian story; Morgana Giovannetti explained in an interview that since the authors could not find a proper conclusion to the loop, they simply decided to "dispose" of Pio in that way. Actually, after many parents groups protested, a sequel was made with the revenge of the chick.

Language corner: it is well known that animals "speak" different languages; these are not true onomatopoeias, but rather "phonetic symbolism". Similarly to "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", "Il pulcino Pio" uses sounds of a hen, a rooster, a turkey, a pigeon, a cat, a dog, a goat, a sheep, a cow and a bull.

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In radio c'è un pulcino,
in radio c'è un pulcino...
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's a Chick
on the radio there's a Chick...
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
0:11
In radio c'è una gallina,
in radio c'è una gallina...
e la gallina coo, e il pulcino pio
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's a hen
on the radio there's a hen...
and the hen coo and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
0:21
In radio c'è anche un gallo,
in radio c'è anche un gallo...
e il gallo corococo e la gallina coo
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's also a rooster
on the radio there's also a rooster
and the rooster corococo and the hen coo
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
0:31
In radio c'è un tacchino,
in radio c'è un tacchino...
e il tacchino glugluglu e il gallo fa corococo
e la gallina coo e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's a turkey
on the radio there's a turkey...
and the turkey glugluglu and the rooster corococo
and the hen coo and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
0:42
In radio c'è un piccione,
in radio c'è un piccione...
e il piccione trruu e il tacchino glugluglu
e il gallo corococo e la gallina coo
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's a pigeon
on the radio there's a pigeon...
and the pigeon trruu and the turkey glugluglu
and the rooster corococo and the hen coo
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
0:54
In radio c'è anche un gatto,
in radio c'è anche un gatto...
e il gatto miao, il piccione trruu
e il tacchino glugluglu e il gallo corococo
e la gallina coo e il pulcino pio
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's also a cat
on the radio there's also a cat...
and the cat miao, and the pigeon trruu
and the turkey glugluglu and the rooster corococo
and the hen coo and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
1:07
In radio c'è anche un cane,
in radio c'è anche un cane...
e il cane bau bau, il gatto miao,
e il piccione trruu e il tacchino glugluglu
e il gallo corococo e la gallina coo
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's also a dog
on the radio there's also a dog...
and the dog baubau, the cat miao,
and the pigeon trruu and the turkey glugluglu
and the rooster corococo and the hen coo
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
1:20
In radio c'è una capra,
in radio c'è una capra...
e la capra meee e il cane baubau,
e il gatto miao, e il piccione trruu
e il tacchino glugluglu e il gallo corococo
e la gallina coo e il pulcino pio
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's a goat
on the radio there's a goat...
and the cat miao, and the pigeon trruu
and the turkey glugluglu and the rooster corococo
and the hen coo and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
1:36
In radio c'è un agnello,
in radio c'è un agnello...
e l'agnello beee e la capra meee
e il cane baubau, il gatto miao,
e il piccione trruu e il tacchino glugluglu
e il gallo corococo e la gallina coo
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's a lamb
on the radio there's a lamb...
and the lamb beee and the goat meee
and the dog baubau, the cat miao,
and the pigeon trruu and the turkey glugluglu
and the rooster corococo and the hen coo
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
1:50
In radio c'è una mucca,
in radio c'è una mucca...
e la mucca mooo, l'agnello beee
e la capra meee e il cane baubau,
il gatto miao, e il piccione trruu
e il tacchino glugluglu e il gallo corococo
e la gallina coo e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's a cow
on the radio there's a cow...
and the cow mooo, the lamb beee
and the goat meee and the dog baubau,
the cat miao, and the pigeon trruu
and the turkey glugluglu and the rooster corococo
and the hen coo and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
2:11
In radio c'è anche un toro,
in radio c'è anche un toro...
e il toro muuu e la mucca mooo
l'agnello beee e la capra meee
e il cane baubau, il gatto miao,
e il piccione trruu e il tacchino glugluglu
e il gallo corococo e la gallina coo
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio,
e il pulcino pio, e il pulcino pio...
On the radio there's also a bull
on the radio there's also a bull...
and the bull muuu and the cow mooo
the lamb beee and the goat meee
and the dog baubau, the cat miao,
and the pigeon trruu and the turkey glugluglu
and the rooster corococo and the hen coo
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio,
and the Chick pio, and the Chick pio...
2:28
In radio c'è un trattore,
in radio c'è un trattore...
e il trattore brum, il trattore brum,
il trattore brum
e il pulcino..... .....oh oh.....
On the radio there's a tractor
on the radio there's a tractor...
and the tractor brum, the tractor brum,
the tractor brum,
and the chick .....oh oh.....