Like Laura Branigan's "Gloria
," this is a re-worked version of an Italian pop song that became a hit stateside when it was recorded with English lyrics. Even more confusing, the original Italian song was written and recorded by a British band.
The Rokes were from England, but caught on in Italy, where they moved their operations. They began writing songs with Italian lyrics, including one called "Piangi Con Me," which translates to "Weep With Me." Written by band members David Shapiro and Ivan Mogul, the song was released in 1966 and became a hit in Italy. English lyrics were written by Michael Julien, a songwriter who worked at the group's publisher, and the song became "Let's Live For Today."
The Rokes released their English version in the UK, which was quickly followed by a cover by The Living Daylights. The Rokes version got the attention of the American label Dunhill Records, which had their act The Grass Roots record it. This became the American hit version of the song - most listeners had no idea it began as an Italian tune.