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'A canzona 'e Napule


Museca: Ernesto De Curtis,

Vierse: Libero Bovio.

Anno: 1912

The song about Naples


Music: Ernesto De Curtis,

Lyrics: Libero Bovio.

Year: 1912

Mme ne vogl'i' a ll'America,
Ca sta luntana assaje,
Mme ne vogl'i' addò maje
Te pozzo 'ncuntrà cchiù.

Mme voglio scurdà 'o cielo,
Tutt' 'e ccanzone e 'o mare,
Mme voglio scurdà 'e Napule,
Mme voglio scurdà 'e mammema,
Mme voglio scurdà 'e te.

Nun voglio cchiù nutizie
D'amice e d' 'e pariente,
Nun voglio sapè niente
'E chello ca se fa!

Mme voglio scurdà 'o cielo,
Tutt' 'e ccanzone e 'o mare,
Mme voglio scurdà 'e Napule,
Mme voglio scurdà 'e mammema,
Mme voglio scurdà 'e te.

Ma quanto è bella Napule,
Stanotte è bella assaje!
Nun ll'aggio vista maje
Cchiù bella 'e comm'a mo!

Comme mme scordo 'o cielo,
Tutt' 'e ccanzone e 'o mare?
Comme mme scordo 'e Napule?
Comme mme scordo 'e mammema?
Comme mme scordo 'e te?

I want to go to America
But it's so far,
I want to go to where
I can't meet you anymore.

I want to forget the sky,
All the songs and the sea,
I want to forget Naples,
I want to forget my mom,
I want to forget you.

I don't want to hear anymore
The news about my friends and relatives,
I want to know nothing
About things that happen here!

I want to forget the sky,
All the songs and the sea,
I want to forget Naples,
I want to forget my mom,
I want to forget you.

But Naples is beautiful,
Tonight it's so fine!
I have never seen it
Finer than now!

How can I forget the sky,
All the songs and the sea?
How can I forget Naples?
How can I forget my mom?
How can I forget you?

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translated by Natalia Chernega