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'A cammaratisa

(The Cammaratese)



Music: Giovanni Moscato,

Lyrics: Gian Campione.



Gian Campione
(1946 - 2005)
sings


The Cammaratese is a girl who lives in a small town Cammarata which is situated in the Province of Agrigento in Sicily.

Tale ch'è tisa, tale ch'è tisa,
Tale ch'è tisa 'sta cammaratisa!
Tisa tisa, tisa tisa,
Tisa tisa 'sta cammaratisa!

Vinni a Giurgenti 'sta paisana
Cu la spiranza di la furtuna.
Matina e sira sta a passiari
Ci scaccia l'occhiu a li pirsuni.
Ma nuddu intantu la sta a guardari,
Povira Nina, comu av' a fari?

Chi l'haiu tisa, chi l'haiu tisa,
Chi l'haiu tisa 'sta cammaratisa!
Tisa tisa, tisa tisa,
Tisa tisa 'sta cammaratisa!

Tutta cuntenti 'sta paisana,
Si senti propriu 'na cittadina.
Li so' parenti di Cammarata
L'hannu pi persa 'sta scrianzata.
Sò mà ci scrissi: – Torna 'o paisi,
Trova un picciottu e tu mariti!

Tale ch'è tisa, tale ch'è tisa,
Tale ch'è tisa 'sta cammaratisa!
Tisa tisa, tisa tisa,
Tisa tisa 'sta cammaratisa!

Look, how proudly she's coming,
Look, how proudly is coming this cammaratese!
Proudly, proudly she's coming,
How proudly is coming this cammaratese!

This villager girl has come to Agrigento,
Hoping to be lucky.
Morning and evening she goes for a walk
And winks to people.
But nobody looks at her,
Poor Nina, what can she do?

But how proudly she's coming,
How proudly is coming this cammaratese!
Proudly, proudly she's coming,
How proudly is coming this cammaratese!

This villager girl is satisfied with everything,
She feels herself a citizen.
Her relatives from Cammarata
Have an idler and disobedient girl.
Her mother wrote her: – Come back home,
Find a guy and get married!

Look, how proudly she's coming,
Look, how proudly is coming this cammaratese!
Proudly, proudly she's coming,
How proudly is coming this cammaratese!