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'A viddanedda

(The peasant girl)




Sicilian folk song



Franco Trincale
(1935)
sings






Jeri mentri calava pi la chiana
Pi strata haju 'ncuntratu 'na viddanedda
Ca pi manu purtava 'na quartaredda,
Ca a l'acqua si nni iva a la funtanedda.

E iu m'avvicinai tuttu cuntenti,
Ci dissi: "Bedda mia, chi sì sciacquata!"
Idda si vota comu 'n'arraggiata
E mi po' desi 'na gran timbulata.

Nun mi la scordu, no, 'sta viddanedda
Quannu la viju la canusciu a l'ura.
A idda vogghiu, a idda m'ati a dari
Ca idda mi trasiu 'ntra lu cori.

Avi la caminatura tutta baggiana
Ca di luntanu la canusciu a l'ura,
Ca di luntanu la canusciu a l'ura
E la canusciu di la caminatura.

– E si lu sannu li me' frati ca tegnu
'Nmezzu a la chiazza ti vennu a ammazzari.
– Si li to' frati foru 'nu seicentu
'Nmezzu a seicentu ti vegnu a vasari.

'Ngalera nun ci vaju e tu lu sai
Ca sunnu cosi d'amuri
E nun mi pentu.

'Nmezzu a la chiazza la furca è cunzata.
Quannu l'amuri c'è 'un si guadda a vita,
Quannu l'amuri c'è 'un si guadda a vita.
Ti vogghiu beni assai e già lu sai.

'Sta viddanedda muriri mi fa.




Yesterday while I was going down to the plain,
On the way I met a peasant girl
Who was carrying a jug
And was going to the spring to get some water.

And I went up to her very contented,
I told her: "My beauty, how wet you are!"
She turned to me in anger
And gave me a slap in the face.

I don't forget this peasant girl, no, I don't,
When I see her I'll recognize her at once.
I need her, you have to give her to me
Because she entered my heart.

She has an arrogant walk,
From a distance I'll recognize her at once,
From a distance I'll recognize her at once
And I'll recognize her walk.

– And if my brothers know it,
They will come to the square to kill you.
– Even if you had six hundred brothers,
Surrounded by those six hundred I'd kiss you.

To prison I don't go and you know it,
It's because of love
And I don't regret it.

In the middle of the square the gallows are ready.
When there is love, the life is not so important,
When there is love, the life is not so important.
I love you so much and you already know it.

This peasant girl makes me die.