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This is the way we brush our teeth, Brush our teeth, Brush our teeth. This is the way we brush our teeth On a cold and frosty morning. This is the way we put on our clothes, Put on our clothes, Put on our clothes.
This is the way we put on our clothes On a cold and frosty morning. The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell as an English children's game in the mid-nineteenth century.
Winning the eighth Sanremo Music Festival , the song was chosen as the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in , where it won third place out of ten songs in total. The combined sales of all the versions of the song exceed 22 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most popular Eurovision songs of all time and the most successful Sanremo Music Festival song ever.
The song was later translated into several languages and recorded by a wide range of performers. The song is also used as the basis for numerous football chants. Franco Migliacci began working on the lyrics of the song in June , inspired by two paintings by Marc Chagall.
He had planned to go to the sea with Domenico Modugno, but while waiting for Modugno to show up, Migliacci started drinking wine and eventually fell asleep. He had vivid dreams, and when he woke up, he looked at the Chagall paintings reproductions on the wall. In , Modugno's widow, Franca Gandolfi, recalled that her husband, after a storm forced open his window, had the idea of modifying the chorus of the song, introducing the word "Volare," which is now the popular title of the song.
The song is a ballad in a dramatic chanson style,  in which Modugno describes the feeling he has when with his lover; a feeling that resembles flying.
The song opens with a surreal prelude , which the cover versions often left out:. Mi dipingevo le mani e la faccia di blu; poi d'improvviso venivo dal vento rapito, e incominciavo a volare nel cielo infinito. I think that a dream like that will never return; I painted my hands and my face blue, then was suddenly swept up by the wind and started to fly in the infinite sky.
The English lyrics were written by Mitchell Parish. Alternative English lyrics were written in by Gracie Fields , and were used from then in most concerts she performed in until her death in ; she often changed the words to suit her performance and age.
In , the song participated in the selection process for the eighth Sanremo Music Festival , held in The jury charged with selecting the entries to the competition was going to reject "Nel blu dipinto di blu"; however, in the end, it was one of the 20 admitted songs. On 31 January , the song was performed for the first time, during the second night of the Festival, by Domenico Modugno and Johnny Dorelli.
After being admitted to the final,  held at the Sanremo Casino on 1 February , the song was performed again, winning the contest,  beating the song " L'edera " by Nilla Pizzi and Tonina Torrielli , which came in second place.
While Dorelli's performance had little impact on the audience,  Modugno's is now considered to be the event that changed the history of Italian music. Following its first place victory at the Sanremo Music Festival, the song was chosen to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest , which took place on 12 March in Hilversum , Netherlands.
Domenico Modugno was chosen as the singer. Preceding the Netherlands' own Corry Brokken with " Heel de wereld ". However, he would have to perform again at the end as well—before the voting took place—due to a transmission fault during the first performance that caused the song to not be heard in all countries broadcasting the event. It was succeeded as Italian entry at the contest by " Piove Ciao, ciao bambina ", also performed by Modugno. The song became an instant success in Italy, selling more than 20, copies in its first 12 days.
As of February , according to RAI 's estimates, the single had sold , copies in its domestic market. In the United Kingdom, Modugno's single was released on 23 August , together with eight other versions recorded by international artists. In the United States, the single debuted at number 54 on the very first Billboard Hot , on 4 August , and the next week it climbed at number two, marking the biggest jump to the runner-up spot in the chart's history.
It is also one of the only two songs by Modugno charting on the Hot , together with " Piove Ciao, ciao bambina ", which peaked at number In the United Kingdom, the single debuted at number 15 on 6 September , and the following week it rose and peaked at number ten on the UK Singles Chart. The song's popularity endures, and in , according to the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers , it was the most played Italian song, in Italy as well as in the whole world. In , seven years after his death, Modugno was awarded with the Sanremo Music Festival Special Award, "given to the one who, In , a concert was held in Copenhagen , Denmark, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest.
I myself voted for "Volare" but I am pleased that so many people voted for us. In , the 50th anniversary of the song was celebrated in Italy by releasing a postage stamp showing a man who is flying on a blue background. Immediately after the release of "Nel blu dipinto di blu", Antonio De Marco accused Domenico Modugno and lyricist Franco Migliacci of plagiarising his song "Il castello dei sogni". Credits adapted from Discografia Nazionale della Canzone Italiana.
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