Poppa Piccolino
Diana Decker Lyrics

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All over italy
They know his concertina
Poppa piccolino

He plays so prettily to every signorina
Poppa piccolino
From sunny Italy
Oh listen to the music I hear
Oh poppa piccolino was ...
To ...
A vagabond.

That every one

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Diana Decker's song "Poppa Piccolino" depict the popularity and charm of a musician known as Poppa Piccolino in Italy. The song emphasizes how well-known he is throughout the country, as indicated by the line "All over Italy, they know his concertina." Poppa Piccolino plays his instrument beautifully for every signorina (a term used to refer to young ladies), captivating their hearts with his music. The lyrics also hint at Poppa Piccolino's humble beginnings as a vagabond who managed to rise to fame and capture the affection of the people.

The lyrics convey a sense of admiration and appreciation for the artist's talent and the joy his music brings. The repetition of the phrase "Poppa Piccolino" throughout the song further enhances his recognition and establishes his identity as a beloved figure across Italy. The mention of sunny Italy and the invitation to listen to the music evoke a sense of nostalgia and longing for the vibrant atmosphere of the country, as well as a desire to experience the infectious energy created by Poppa Piccolino's melodies.

Overall, the lyrics of "Poppa Piccolino" celebrate the power of music to transcend boundaries and touch people's hearts, while also paying tribute to the magnetic persona and skill of the musician himself.

Line by Line Meaning

All over Italy
In every corner of Italy

They know his concertina
His music from the concertina is well-known

Poppa piccolino
This musician is called Poppa Piccolino

He plays so prettily to every signorina
He skillfully plays beautiful music that captivates every Italian woman

Poppa piccolino
Again, referring to the musician as Poppa Piccolino

From sunny Italy
Hailing from the sunny country of Italy

Oh listen to the music I hear
Just admire the enchanting music I am experiencing

Oh poppa piccolino was ...
Ah, Poppa Piccolino used to be...

To ...
Describing his previous state, which is withheld in the lyrics

A vagabond.
He was wandering aimlessly and without a stable home or occupation

Writer(s): Giuseppe Nino Rastelli, Mario Panzeri, Vittorio Mascheroni

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Suzanne Perry

I used to hear this record as a child, I'm 60 now & haven't heard it since I was about 5 or 6, but knew every word when I heard it, I was so excited when I found it on here, it brings such wonderful happy memories of my wonderful childhood that I was very blessed to have. Thank you so much

Connery Spring

Suzanne Perry I am a twenty years old man but I know your idea my mind is an old man

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Martin Delany

I recall my Dad singing this happy ditty when I was 7 or 8 . a long time ago in Dublin . Ireland . I never knew who sung it until now / Thank you Diana Decker for bringing joy to many around the world.


My father used to play this to me when I was a child in the 1950s and that was another world. A childhood so far away it could be someone else ! Thanks for the memories !

jennifer gingell

I agree.

David Ockley

Same here. I loved it.

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Kathryn Golec

My lovely mum used to sing this to me as a child,sadly she has passed away at 93 years of age . I am now 66 lovely memories bless her .


One of the greatest hits of 1953. Gorgeous Diana Decker passed away in 2019 at the age of almost 94.

Martin Ahlman

Francis Rossi is absolutely right! This really is what the greatest band in the world was founded in. Effing great!

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