Dargen D'Amico

“Dove si balla” is Dargen D’Amico‘s entry for Sanremo 2022. The rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and disc jockey makes his debut as a contestant at the Italian festival this year.


Scroll down for the “Dove si balla” lyrics

Sanremo 2022: Dargen D’Amico “Dove si balla”

Dargen — real name Jacopo D’Amico — makes a grand debut at Sanremo. But he’s made contact with the festival in two big ways previously: He was part of the artistic committee of Area Sanremo in 2013 and last year he co-wrote “Chiamami per nome” by Francesca Michielin with Fedez and “Dieci” by Annalisa. Now it’s time for him to get involved with the spotlight fully on him, after many hits produced with and for friends and colleagues.

D’Amico jokingly defines his genre as “emo rap,” hinting at the use of personal and intimate themes in his music.

What do the “Dove si balla” lyrics mean?

It’s time to dance, literally, with Dargen D’Amico, who transforms the Ariston stage into a club with a song with clear 90s vibes. The track, whose title translates to “Where do we dance?”, is an authentic declaration of love for dance music, the kind you can’t resist.

This is dance is cast as an antidote: to break the boredom of those who sleep without dreams, to react to a story that goes to hell, to express dissent against the masks we wear to protect ourselves.  

“Dove si balla” lyrics – Dargen D’Amico (Sanremo 2022)

Written and composed by: Jacopo D’Amico, Edwyn Roberts, Gianluigi Fazio, Andrea Bonomo

Italian text

Mi piace la musica dance
Che pure un alieno la impara
E mi piace, mi piace, mi piace
Che non mi sento più giù

Mi piace perché sa di te
Di quando ballavi per strada
E mi piace, mi piace, mi piace
Anche se non ci sei più

Ultimamente dormo sempre anche se non sogno
Senza live con il pile sul divano
Se dormi troppo poi ti svegli morto
Sono d’accordo
Quindi dove andiamo?

Dove si balla
Fottitene e balla
Tra i rottami balla
Per restare a galla
Negli incubi mediterranei
Che brutta fine le cartoline
La nostra storia che va a farsi benedire
Ma va a capire perché si vive se non si balla

Dai metti la musica dance
Che tremano i vetri di casa
E la sente, la sente, la sente
Anche un parente di giù

Tanto domani non lavoro e dormo tutto il giorno
Ciao che fai? Quanto stai qui a Milano?
Ma se ci scopre tu sei un uomo morto
Sono d’accordo
Non glielo diciamo

Dove si balla
Fottitene e balla
Tra i rottami balla
Per restare a galla
Negli incubi mediterranei
Che brutta fine fermi al confine
La nostra storia che va a farsi benedire
Ma va a capire perché si vive se non si balla

Finalmente ho 40 anni ed ho ancora fame
Io non parlo col mio cane ma c’è un bel legame
E sto anche vedendo una, sono già tre sere
Per ora mangiamo assieme ma promette bene

E non si può fare la storia se ti manca il cibo
Tu mi hai levato tutto tranne l’appetito
Ogni tanto in lontanza sento ancora musica
Che fa pà para-rà pararà pa-pà

Dove si balla
Fottitene e balla
Tra i rottami balla
Per restare a galla
Negli incubi mediterranei
Che brutta fine le mascherine
La nostra storia che va a farsi benedire
Ma va a capire perché si vive se non si balla

English translation

I like dance music
That even an alien can learn
And I like, I like, I like
That I don’t feel down

I like it cause it tastes like you
When you were dancing in the street
And I like it, I like it, I like it
Even though you’re not there anymore

Lately I always sleep even if I don’t dream
Without live concerts with the blanket on the sofa
If you sleep too much then you wake up dead
I agree
So where do we go?

Where we’re going to dance
F*ck off and dance
Dance in the wreckage
To stay afloat
In Mediterranean nightmares
Postcards, what a bad end
Our history that goes to hell
Go figure out why you live if you don’t dance

Come on, put on dance music
That the house windows shake
And even a relative from the South
Hears it, hears, hears it

I’m not working tomorrow anyway and I’ll sleep all day long
Hi, what are you doing? How long do you stay here in Milan?
But if she finds out, you’re a dead man!
I agree
We won’t tell her

Where we’re going to dance
F*ck off and dance
Dance in the wreckage
To stay afloat
In Mediterranean nightmares
Stopped at the border, what a bad end
Our history going to hell
Go figure out why you live if you don’t dance

Finally I’m 40 and I’m still hungry
I don’t talk to my dog but there’s a good connection
And I’m also seeing someone, it’s been three nights already
For now we eat together but it’s promising

And you can’t make history if you don’t eat
You’ve taken away everything but my appetite
Every now and then I hear music in the distance
That goes like pà para-rà pararà pa-pà

Where we’re going to dance
F*ck off and dance
Dance in the wreckage
To stay afloat
In Mediterranean nightmares
Face masks, what a bad end
Our history going to hell
Go figure out why you live if you don’t dance

What do you think of “Dove si balla”? Could it win Sanremo? Would it work at Eurovision? Comment below.

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Addie
Addie
6 months ago

This song is really awesome! When I first read the name itself, I expected it to be a dance song. Well, Dargen did meet my expectations! But I never thought a dance song would be ranked 3rd. In Sanremo. Surprising.

Andi
Andi
6 months ago

I love this song! My favourite of the first night!

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
6 months ago

People who know Italian, is there really a face mask line there and what it is supposed to reference?

matt
matt
6 months ago

It basically says : “how sad is a world where we need to wear face-masks”

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
6 months ago
Reply to  matt

Well, I suppose dying of Covid is sadder than wearing a mask.