Rita Pavone seems to have spent a signicant portion of her early career dressed as a boy on a TV show called "Gian Burrasca", playing a male character that always got into mischief and then sang songs about how much he loved his mother,
which is a common Italian trope. [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
] (I actually found these videos kind of annoying.)
Because Rita is dressed as a boy in "Viva La Pappa Col Pomodoro",
I thought that was merely a continuation of this theme - but I grew curious about it because it is kind of a happy little song that blatantly features Rita awesome dance moves (Ha! Watch this!
), and it was apparently about a father figure ('Pappa
Col Pomodoro') and not a mother figure.
I was wrong, though. It seems that the title of the song, "Viva La Pappa Col Pomodoro", roughly translates to "Long Live the Mushy Tuscan Tomato Soup Dish That is Made Out of Stale Bread," but upon translating the song it doesn't really seem to be about food at all. (This is how to make La Pappa Al Pomodoro,
by the way.) [ 2
As near as I can figure, the lyrics of the song roughly translate to 'history has taught us that people that are hungry start revolutions against dictators'
, which seems to me to be a very strange message considering the upbeat tempo and enthusiastic dance moves that accompany the presentation.