Gente di Mare

Raf, Umberto Tozzi

About Gente di Mare

"Gente di mare" ("People of the sea") was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987, performed in Italian by Umberto Tozzi & Raf. The song is a blues-influenced ballad, in which the singers describe the qualities of the "people of the sea". They describe themselves as "people of the plain", who are "prisoners of this city", while contrasting that with the freedom of the people of the sea "who leave it behind". The song was performed seventh on the night, following Sweden's Lotta Engberg with "Boogaloo" and preceding Portugal's Nevada with "Neste barco à vela". At the close of voting, it had received 103 points, placing 3rd in a field of 22. While not winning the Contest the song achieved considerable popularity, becoming a Top 10 hit in most parts of Continental Europe and Scandinavia in the summer of 1987 (#7 Switzerland, #8 Austria, #6 Sweden) and was included on the compilations of Winners and Classics produced to coincide with the Congratulations special in late 2005. 


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2005
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A noi che siamo gente di pianura 
Navigatori esperti di città
Il mare ci fa sempre un po' paura 
Per quell'idea di troppa libertà

Eppure abbiamo il sale nei capelli 
Del mare abbiamo le profondità
E donne infreddolite negli scialli 
Che aspettano che cosa non si sa

Gente di mare 
Che se ne va 
Dove gli pare 
Dove non sa
Gente che muore 
Di nostalgia 
Ma quando torna 
Dopo un giorno muore 
Per la voglia di andare via

E quando ci fermiamo sulla riva 
Lo sguardo all'orizzonte se ne va 
Portandoci i pensieri alla deriva 
Per quell'idea di troppa libertà

Gente di mare 
Che se ne va 
Dove gli pare 
Dove non sa
Gente corsara che non c'è più
Gente lontana che porta nel cuore 
Questo grande fratello blu 

Al di là del mare 
C'è qualcuno che 
C'è qualcuno che non sa 
Niente di te

Gente di mare 
Che se ne va 
Dove gli pare 
Dove non sa 
Noi prigionieri in questa città
Viviamo sempre di oggi e di ieri 
Inchiodati dalla realtà
E la gente di mare va

Gente di mare 
Che se ne va 
Dove gli pare 
Dove non sa
Noi prigionieri in questa città
Viviamo sempre di oggi e di ieri 
Inchiodati dalla realtà
E la gente di mare va

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Umberto Tozzi

Umberto Antonio Tozzi (born 4 March 1952) is an Italian pop/rock singer and composer, born in Turin. His most internationally famous songs are "Gloria" and "Ti Amo". more »

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Written by: Giancarlo Bigazzi, Raffaele Riefoli, Umberto Tozzi

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10 facts about this song

Performers
"Gente di Mare" is a famous song performed by two significant figures in the Italian music industry, "Raf" and "Umberto Tozzi". Raf is a renowned Italian singer-songwriter, while Umberto Tozzi is a prominent Italian pop singer and songwriter, known for his romantic ballads.
Eurovision Participation
One interesting fact about this song is that it was the Italian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987, held in Brussels, Belgium. Raf and Umberto Tozzi performed the piece together.
Chart Performance
The song enjoyed considerable success in Europe, especially in Italy. After its release, it reached number 2 in the Italian singles chart.
Lyrics and Interpretation
"Gente di Mare" translates to "People of the Sea" in English. The song narrates the story of a disheartened soul longing for the sea, symbolizing a simpler and more meaningful life.
Composer
The song was composed by Giancarlo Bigazzi, Raf, and Umberto Tozzi. Bigazzi is a celebrated Italian music producer and songwriter, known for his collaborations with various artists including Raf and Tozzi.
Cover Versions
"Gente di Mare", due to its popularity, has been covered by a number of artists in different languages over the years. Austrian singer Andy Borg performed the German version of the song named "Adios Amor" in 1982.
Follow-Up
"Gente di Mare" was followed up by a sequel song, "Gente di Mare 2", which was also performed by Raf and Umberto Tozzi.
Album Inclusion
Besides being an individual hit single, "Gente di Mare" was also included in Umberto Tozzi's 1987 album named "Invisibile", giving the album a push in commercial success.
Song Duration
The original version of "Gente di Mare" runs for approximately 3 minutes and 56 seconds, making it an average-length song for the pop music of the time.
Legacy
Today, "Gente di Mare" remains one of the most recognizable and celebrated songs in Italian music, holding up the legacy of its performers and composers.

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