After winning the Eurovision Song Contest back in May, Italian glam rockers Måneskin had a short window of time to hit the studio and record a new song. They came up with “MAMMAMIA,” which arrives today—just in time for the weekend. It’s an outwardly bawdy track with a deeper meaning about people’s assumptions about the band.
“After Eurovision, we had a lot of attention on us,” lead singer Damiano David said in a press conference, NME reports. “A lot of the time, we did something that we thought was great but people criticised it. I wanted to translate that into the lyrics, because it happens a lot—maybe you’re doing something that you feel is great, but people don’t understand it and make bad judgements and bad comments about it. I wanted to make fun of that situation.”
That would explain the first verse, wherein David feels the sting of the public’s icy glare.
They treat me like if I did something criminal
All eyes on me, I feel like I’m a superstar
I’m not a freak, I just thought it was carnival
The chorus is where things get a little freaky. But despite the explicit sex talk, David is apparently still commenting on how people make assumptions about others.
Oh, mamma-mamma mia, spit your love on me
I’m on my knees and I can’t wait to drink your rain
I’ll keep the secret if you let me get a taste
Tell me your limits and we’ll cross the line again
“The chorus is more about people’s sex lives, but it has the same message,” David said at the press conference. “It’s how people see what you’re doing and how your impression is different to their impression.”
In the second verse, David responds to rumors that he was using cocaine in the green room during Eurovision. The singer denied the allegations and was vindicated when a drug test came back negative.
They wanna arrest me, but I was just having fun
I swear that I’m not drunk and I’m not taking drugs
They ask me why I’m so hot, ’cause I’m Italiano
“People always talk about how we act on stage,” David said. “We’ve been accused of being savage guys, drug guys—but it’s all natural.”
Despite the song’s underlying message, bassist Victoria de Angelis says the band “didn’t take it too seriously.” “It’s a very silly, careless song and we’ve never done something like that before,” she said at the press conference. “It came together very naturally. We just tried to have fun and enjoy it, because [it was written] in a moment where we were experiencing a lot of things.”
You can read all the lyrics to “MAMMAMIA” on Genius now.