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'A cartulina 'e Napule


Museca: Giuseppe De Luca,

Vierse: Pasquale Buongiovanni.

Anno: 1927

The postcard from Naples


Music: Giuseppe De Luca,

Lyrics: Pasquale Buongiovanni.

Year: 1927

M'è arrivata stammatina
'Na cartulina:
È 'na veduta 'e Napule
Che m'ha mannato mammema.

Se vede tutt' 'o Vommero,
Se vede Margellina,
'Nu poco 'e cielo 'e Napule.
Che bella cartulina!

Napule,
Aggio scritto pe' tte chesta canzona
E p' 'o ricordo 'e mammema
Aggio chiagnuto llacreme 'e passione.

E se vede pure 'o mare
Cu Marechiare.
Me parla cchiù 'e 'na lettera
'Sta cartulina 'e Napule.

Che gioja, che delizia!
'Sta villa quant'è fina!
Comm'è bello 'o Vesuvio
'Nfaccia a 'sta cartulina!

Napule,
Aggio scritto pe' tte chesta canzona
E p' 'o ricordo 'e mammema
Aggio chiagnuto llacreme 'e passione.

"Comme tu può stà felice –
Mamma me dice –
Luntano tanto 'a Napule,
Luntano tanto 'a mammeta?"

E soffro mille spaseme,
'Ncore tengo 'na spina
Quanno cunfronto 'America
Cu chesta cartulina.

Napule,
Aggio scritto pe' tte chesta canzona
E p' 'o ricordo 'e mammema
Aggio chiagnuto llacreme 'e passione.

This morning I have received
One postcard:
It's a view of Naples
That my mom has posted to me.

I see all Vomero*,
I see Mergellina*,
And a little of the sky of Naples.
What a beautiful postcard!

Naples,
I have written this song for you
And, remembering my mom,
I have cried bitter tears.

And I also see the sea
With Marechiaro**.
Better than any letter this postcard
Tells me about Naples.

What a joy, what a delight!
This villa how it's fine!
How beautiful the Vesuvius is
On this postcard!

Naples,
I have written this song for you
And, remembering my mom,
I have cried bitter tears.

"How can you be happy –
My mom writes me –
So far from Naples,
So far from your mom?"

And I suffer a thousand pangs,
In my heart there's a thorn
When I compare America
With this postcard.

Naples,
I have written this song for you
And, remembering my mom,
I have cried bitter tears.

translated by Natalia Chernega


* Vomero and Mergellina are the districts of Naples,
** Marechiaro is a little suburb near Naples.