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Quello che non ho
What I do not have

 
 

Quello che non ho è una camicia bianca
quello che non ho è un segreto in banca
quello che non ho sono le tue pistole
per conquistarmi il cielo per guadagnarmi il sole.

Quello che non ho è di farla franca
quello che non ho è quel che non mi manca
quello che non ho sono le tue parole
per guadagnarmi il cielo per conquistarmi il sole.

Quello che non ho è un orologio avanti
per correre più in fretta e avervi più distanti
quello che non ho è un treno arrugginito
che mi riporti indietro da dove sono partito.

Quello che non ho sono i tuoi denti d'oro
quello che non ho è un pranzo di lavoro
quello che non ho è questa prateria
per correre più forte della malinconia.

Quello che non ho sono le mani in pasta
quello che non ho è un indirizzo in tasca
quello che non ho sei tu dalla mia parte
quello che non ho è di fregarti a carte.

Quello che non ho è una camicia bianca
quello che non ho è di farla franca
quello che non ho sono le sue pistole
per conquistarmi il cielo per guadagnarmi il sole.

What I do not have is a white shirt
what I do not have a secret in the bank
what I do not have are your guns
to conquer the sky to earn the sun.

What I do not have is to get away with it
what I do not have is what I do not miss
what I do not have are your words
to earn the sky to conquer the sun.

What I do not have is a clock ahead
to run faster and having you more distant
what I do not have is a rusty train
that takes me back to where I started.

What I did not have are your gold teeth
what I do not have is a working lunch
what I do not have is this prairie
to run stronger than melancholy.

What I do not have are hands-on
what I do not have is an address in his pocket
what I do not have is you on my side
what I have to fuck you at cards.

What I do not have is a white shirt
what I do not have is to get away with it
what I do not have are his guns
to conquer the sky to earn the sun.

 

translation Enrico Massetti

In this song, Fabrizio, sides clearly far from the type of people that slowly listing describes what he has not and does not want to have like these people have. He then refers to an hypothetical "You", to a "second person singular" from which it is clear, which he is not like and never will look like.

What I don't have is a white shirt
De André talking about the white shirt, refers to the type of people who make good use of them in public, ie those who just want to look distinct and professional: Bankers, Lawyers, Entrepreneurs, in a nutshell most of the upper class segment of the population.
What I do not have a bank secret
Precisely the exalted are wealthy and with this sentence reinforces the thought expressed in the first.
What I do not have is your guns
With guns refers to the attitudes of aggression that Bankers, Entrepreneurs, Lawyers, etc.. demonstrate and activate in their deal with the society. It is said ramparts from Entrepreneur, an entrepreneur who has no qualms in making the most amoral actions of others, how to close a business, or unfair competition. However guns are the kind of aggressive actions that commonly successful people have about who is inferior or over rivals.
to conquer the sky to earn the sun.
Speaking of sky and sun refers to the world regarding these people and the end that these people or this person (to which De André talks with this song) trying to reach through the "guns".

What I do not have is to get away
It 'pretty obvious this sentence, what has not is not to get away for the best in all occasions. Not always escape us out unscathed.
what I do not have is what I do not miss
What they did not is what he lacks, that is not what he wants, he does not need, he does not deserve.
what I do not have is your words
with this phrase is reconnected to the guns, the verse previously. I think that the meaning is the same.
to earn the sky to conquer the sun.

What I do not have is a clock forward
Wanting to always be one step ahead of other people, to be able to see the events as soon as completed, before the others and probably fool who comes after.
to run faster and having more distant
This reinforces the previous sentence, increasing the gap between the "You" in which he speaks and the rest of Fabrizio different people.
What I do not have is a rusty train
He does not want to be always one step ahead, but neither regret mistakes made, past events.
that takes me back where I started.

What I do not have are your gold teeth
It often happened - between people of the generation of Fabrizio De André - that those who want to rebuild the teeth if they did do with the gold metal which does not oxidize in contact with the saliva, and that was always shiny and clean which people with fewer economic opportunities and could not do so you had to settle for poorest metals that became black with time and saliva. So another symbol of wealth and vanity.
What I do not have is a working lunch
what I do not have is a prairie
Prairie, plains, wide open spaces where it runs forward, where there is nothing, there is just, without taste / be fully emotions including negative ones (sadness)
to run stronger than melancholy.

What I do not have is hands-on
I would say simply recommendations, aid, paraculamenti as you prefer.
What I do not have is an address in my pocket
Same as one line above.
What I do not have is you on my side
Here he is very directed. You now talk to your / and person (type of people) to which it relates. I do not give a fuck to have his consent, he understands, that it is on his side. Nothing.
What I do not have is to cheat at cards.
I do not want to have it with you, but not scrub or illusion.

What I do not have is a white shirt
what I do not have is to get away with it
what I do not have is his guns
to conquer the sky to earn the sun.

What I do not have ...

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