Yeah, it's difficult at normal speed, but he does say "ride e ride". At slow speed he definitely says, "ridere e ride". What gets me in the recordings is how the speakers tend to run the words together which is something that Italians often (correctly) accuse English speakers of doing. However one of the things I really liked about the way Italians, spoke when I lived in Italy many years ago, was how carefully Italians tend to pronounce every syllable of every word and give each full weight.
I will second that one. I have an Italian friend who sometimes sings, publicly. I listen often to his recordings and when I first started learning Italian, I thought he was actually missing words out, in order to fit the music. I was wrong! Now I'm a little into learning, I have discoverd that every single syllable IS pronounced! You just have to (a) be used to the sounds and (b) have a quick enough brain to pick them up! I continue to climb the mountain, with VERY frequent pitstops!!!!