From Alé to Arrr! Francesco Gabbani goes nautical for new single “Pachidermi E Pappagalli”

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He wowed us with a song about philosophy and a dancing ape on the Eurovision stage in Kyiv. And now Francesco Gabbani continues the theme, going nautical for his new single “Pachidermi E Pappagalli” (Pachyderms and Parrots) and the accompanying music video.

We like to think of ourselves as a learned bunch at wiwibloggs, but we were left scratching our man-braided heads as to the meaning behind the song.

‘Pachyderm’ refers to big mammals with thick skins (like elephants and rhinoceroses). And much like “Occidentali’s Karma”, “Pachidermi E Pappagalli” is a lyrical masterpiece that masquerades behind the frivolity of parrots and pirate ships. The song comments on how freedom of expression on the internet has fostered the spread of ‘fake news’. He raises famous conspiracy theories about aliens, Elvis and ancient Egypt, and comments on how non-conformists in our society are creating a new era of conformity.

When it comes to lyrics, Francesco loves to go deep, y’all!

Francesco goes sailing in the video clip of the song, leaving behind his debonair look from Kyiv and channeling some rough-around-the-edges, nautical high-seas realness, alongside a beautifully coloured macaw.

Since placing sixth at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Francesco has hit the ground running with his 44-date tour across Italy. His latest album, Magellano, has also performed strongly, hitting number 1 on the FIMI album charts in Italy and number 35 on the Swiss album charts.

The Italian stallion also celebrated his 35th birthday this week in Naples alongside his many fans.

Francesco has said Alé! to the idea of making a return to Italy’s national selection for Eurovision, the Festival di Sanremo in 2018, but not as a competitor. He told Radio 105:

“I hope to go there, not in competition, because now I have to stop, think of writing a new album… So the goal is to be one of the super guests. If they are inviting me, I will be happy. I would love to. Sanremo gave me so much, it was the turning point for me.”

What do you think of Francesco’s new single? Would you like to see him return to the Sanremo Song Festival in 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

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