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'A surrentina


Museca: Ernesto De Curtis,

Vierse: Giambattista De Curtis.

Anno: 1905

The Sorrentine girl


Music: Ernesto De Curtis,

Lyrics: Giambattista De Curtis.

Year: 1905

Sò venuto a Surriento,
A 'sta bella marina,
Cu 'na vela latina,
Cu 'na refola 'e viento.

Aggio visto 'e ciardine,
Sciure, arance e limone
E 'e cchiù belli gguaglione
Ca se ponno crià.

E llà 'mmiezo, 'a cchiù cara,
'A diletta 'e 'stu core
Ca mme struje d'ammore,
E nun pozzo parlà.

Vurria passà la vita a 'stu paese,
'Mmiez'a 'sta gente bella.
Vurria abballà pur'i' 'na tarantella
'Nzieme cu' tte.

Si sò triste 'e penziere,
Vuje partite a mumento!
Jatevenne a Surriento
Ca pruvate piacere!

Llà vedite 'o Deserto
Cu 'e mmuntagne viola
E 'na schiera 'e ffigliole
Ca sò tutte buntà.

E si llà suspirate,
Quante e quante sò 'e ppene,
Llà, chell'aria, s' 'e ttene
E maje cchiù nun v' 'e ddà.

Vurria passà la vita a 'stu paese,
'Mmiez'a 'sta gente bella.
Vurria abballà pur'i' 'na tarantella
'Nzieme cu' tte.

I have arrived to Sorrento,
To this beautiful seacoast,
On the sailing ship
With the rush of wind.

I have seen the gardens,
Flowers, oranges and lemons
And the most beautiful girls
That ever can be.

And among them the most darling,
The princess of my heart,
Who torments me by love
And I can't speak.

I would like to live in this land,
Among the beautiful people.
I would like also to dance the tarantella
Together with you.

If you have the sad thoughts,
Go away in a moment!
Go away to Sorrento
And you will feel the pleasure!

There you will see the Deserto*
With the mountains of violets
And the crowd of girls
That all are kind.

And if there you'll take a breath
All your sufferings,
That air will take away
And will not bring back more to you!

I would like to live in this land,
Among the beautiful people.
I would like also to dance the tarantella
Together with you.

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translated by Natalia Chernega


* Deserto is the hill beside Sorrento where is the nunnery.