La Rappresentante di Lista

“Ciao Ciao” is La Rappresentante di Lista‘s entry for Sanremo 2022. The electro-pop duo returns to the Ligurian Riviera twelve months after a successful debut with the song “Amare” that brought them out of the indie scene and into the Italian musical mainstream.


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Sanremo 2022: La Rappresentante di Lista “Ciao Ciao”

La Rappresentante di Lista (also known as LRDL) is a duo formed in 2011 by Veronica Lucchesi and Dario Mangiaracina.

The name of the project (literally “the list representative”) was born when the singer Veronica, in order to vote off-site at the referendum held in Italy in 2011 on nuclear energy, enrolled as a list representative of one of the various political parties.

The two artists define themselves as queer. 

“This word has a transversal meaning, without schemes, without classifications, free from gender identity, somehow fluid, not afraid to mix,” they say. “What we do might just be queer, yeah, queer music, even if we don’t deal with proper queer themes in our songs. Our queer pop is the child of our curiosity and the fun that we have in the studio and in the rehearsal room. We feel we are bearers of a fluid identity, because sexuality has no boundaries. We don’t want to be fixed in a gender scheme.”

What do the “Ciao Ciao” lyrics mean?

“Ciao ciao” is an over-the-top tale of the end of the world as seen through the eyes of the duo: a colourful apocalypse in which we must quickly come to terms with the general crisis underway, including climate change and social upheaval.

The body is the protagonist in the refrain: an element always present in the production of LRDL, which in this song becomes an instrument to express dissent.

The musical production of the song draws on a vintage imagery bringing LRDL in a dancehall of the ’70s, between funk and dance. There are explosions of sound as scenes from a film one after another, moving from urban atmospheres to tribal rhythms.

In the lyrics we find the irony of a generation that looks at the future with disenchantment. Is there time for one last wild dance before the apocalypse?

“Ciao Ciao” lyrics – La Rappresentante di Lista (Sanremo 2022)

Written and composed by: Veronica Lucchesi, Dario Mangiaracina, Roberto Calabrese, Roberto Cammarata, Carmelo Drago, Simone Privitera

Italian text

Come stai bambina?
Dove vai stasera?
Che paura intorno
È la fine del mondo

Sopra la rovina sono una regina
Mammamma
Ma non so cosa salvare

Sono a pezzi, già mi manchi
Occhi dolci, cuori infranti
Che spavento, come il vento
Questa terra sparirà

Nel silenzio della crisi generale
Ti saluto con amore

Con le mani, con le mani, con le mani
Ciao ciao
Con i piedi, con i piedi, con i piedi
Ciao ciao
E con la testa, con il petto, con il cuore
Ciao ciao
E con le gambe, con il culo, coi miei occhi
Ciao

Questa è l’ora della fine
Romperemo tutte le vetrine
Tocca a noi, non lo senti
come un’onda arriverà

Me lo sento esploderà, esploderà
La fine del mondo è una giostra perfetta
Mi scoppia nel cuore la voglia di festa
La fine del mondo, che dolce disdetta
Mi vien da star male, mi scoppia la testa

Con le mani, con le mani, con le mani
Ciao ciao
E con i piedi, con i piedi, con i piedi
Ciao ciao
E con le gambe, con il culo, coi miei occhi
Ciao ciao
E con la testa, con il petto, con il cuore

Buonanotte, bonne nuit
E bonne nuit e ciao ciao
Buonanotte, è la fine, ti saluto
Ciao ciao
Buonanotte, bonne nuit
E bonne nuit e ciao ciao
Ciao ciao, ciao ciao

Mentre mangio cioccolata in un locale
Mi travolge una vertigine sociale
Mentre leggo uno stupido giornale
In città è scoppiata la guerra mondiale

E con le mani, con le mani, con le mani
Ciao ciao
E con i piedi, con i piedi, con i piedi
Ciao ciao
Con le mani, con le mani, con le mani
Ciao ciao
Con i piedi, con i piedi, con i piedi
Ciao ciao
E con la testa, con il petto, con il cuore
Ciao ciao
E con le gambe, con il culo, coi miei occhi
Ciao

English translation

How are you baby?
Where are you going tonight?
It’s scary around here
It’s the end of the world

Above the ruins I am a queen
Mammamma
But I don’t know what to save

I’m broken, I miss you already
Sweet eyes, broken hearts
What a fright, like the wind
This land will disappear

In the silence of the general crisis
I greet you with love

With hands, with hands, with hands
Ciao ciao
With feet, with feet, with feet
Ciao ciao
And with head, with chest, with heart
Ciao ciao
And with legs, with ass, with my eyes
Ciao

This is the hour of the end
We’ll break all the windows
It’s our turn, can’t you feel it
Like a wave will come

I can feel it, it’s gonna explode, it’s gonna explode
The end of the world is a perfect carousel
My heart is bursting with the desire to party
The end of the world, what a sweet disgrace
It makes me sick, my head is bursting

With hands, with hands, with hands
Ciao ciao
And with feet, with feet, with feet
Ciao ciao
And with legs, with ass, with my eyes
Ciao ciao
And with head, with chest, with heart

Good night, bonne nuit
And bonne nuit and ciao ciao
Good night, that’s the end, I’ll say goodbye
Ciao ciao
Good night, bonne nuit
And bonne nuit and ciao ciao
Ciao ciao, ciao ciao

While eating chocolate in a club
A social vertigo overwhelms me
While I read a stupid newspaper
World war has broken out in the city

And with hands, with hands, with hands
Ciao ciao
And with feet, with feet, with feet
Ciao ciao
With hands, with hands, with hands
Ciao ciao
With feet, with feet, with feet
Ciao ciao
And with head, with chest, with heart
Ciao ciao
And with legs, with ass, with my eyes
Ciao

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

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Addie
Addie
10 months ago

This is a fun song, isn’t it? I quite enjoyed it during the first night. I’m so glad this ended up second. I hope they will get a really high result, or even win Sanremo!

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
10 months ago

Hopefully this goes to Eurovision!

Bobby Crush
Bobby Crush
10 months ago

Ma. Ster. Piece.

duxx
duxx
10 months ago

So far, my favourite.

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
10 months ago

I guess, considering the situation around the globe, we’re gonna have songs about apocalypse for three-five years more.

Bobby Crush
Bobby Crush
10 months ago

Before it all ends in 2027, you’re quite right.