E penso a te (And I think of you) is a song composed in 1970 by Lucio Battisti based on the lyrics by Mogol. Initially sung by Bruno Lauzi, it was subsequently re-recorded by numerous other artists. The lyrics recount the nostalgic thoughts of a man about an absent woman, playing on the back-and-forth between the memory of a fruitless date and the thoughts of what she might be doing in this moment. The song and the singer highlight the hesitation of the protagonist in the presence of the woman (the initial piano riff) and the explosion of the feeling of nostalgia in her absence (the crescendo). The emotional effect is amplified by the repetition of the phrase "and I think of you" and by the final chord, with a final diminuendo in which all of the instruments dissolve into silence, leaving only the singer's voice. The lyrics of the song were written in 19 minutes during a drive on the Milano-Como Highway in which Mogol composed the lyrics almost entirely improvising while Lucio Battisti (according to some versions, while he was driving, according to others while he was sitting in the passenger seat) sung the melody line.
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