'Crapa Pelada,' Quartetto Cetra, 1945 (Gale's 'Italian Song' from 'Breaking Bad')


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Incidentally, David Costabile (Gale B.) is going to have a role in AMC's new series, Low Winter Sun.


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Here's some info on this song: it's actually a traditional nursery rhyme in milanese dialect, turned into a song by Gorni Kramer (a popular italian composer and accordionist) and covered many times by many italian jazzmen (one for all, Lino Patruno in a stunning New Orleans traditional jazz style). The lyrics are simple but a little enigmatic: "Bald Head is cooking sweet rolls, but he doesn't' give any of it to his brothers; his brothers are cooking an omelette, but they don't give any of it to Bald Head." (in milanese dialect: "Crapa Pelada la fa i tortej, ghe ne da minga ai soj fradej; i soj fradej fan la frittada, ghe ne dan minga a Crapa Pelada").
Is this a cautionary tale on greed? Or the beginning of a hatred between brothers? I can say for sure, there's some kind of rivalry between cooks, here.


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The song was released in 1945. The most (in)famous bald man in Italy was undoubtedly Mussolini. Who was killed in April 1945. Was this meant to be a taunting song?


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what was the name of the second song gale listens to in the episode, while he's checking his tea kettle right before jesse knocks on the door?


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I logged simply to write what industwetrust already very well explained. Only, I add here the link of Patruno's version (live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_XsecYdk6A . I had the privilege to meet him, some years ago... Great man.


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