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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

Mm'è arrivata stammatina,
'Na cartulina:
È 'na veduta 'e Napule
Che mm'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.
Mme 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 mme 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:
This is a view of Naples
That my mom has posted to me.

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

Naples,
I have written this song about you
And, remembering my mom,
I have cried by sad tears.

And one can see also 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 is the Vesuvius
On this postcard!

Naples,
I have written this song about you
And, remembering my mom,
I have cried by sad tears.

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

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

Naples,
I have written this song about you
And, remembering my mom,
I have cried by sad tears.

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translated by Natalia Chernega


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