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Anema e core


Museca: Salve D'Esposito,

Vierse: Tito Manlio.

Anno: 1950

Soul and heart


Music: Salve D'Esposito,

Lyrics: Tito Manlio.

Year: 1950

Nuje ca perdimmo 'a pace e 'o suonno,
Nun ce dicimmo, maje pecché?
Vvocche ca vase nun ne vonno,
Nun sò 'sti vvocche, oje nè.
Pure, te chiammo e nun rispunne
Pe' fà dispietto a mme.

Tenimmoce accussì, anema e core!
Nun ce lassammo cchiù, manco pe' 'n'ora.
'Stu desiderio 'e te me fa paura:
Campà cu tte,
Sempe cu tte
Pe' nun murì.
Che ce dicimmo a ffà pparole amare,
Si 'o bbene pò campà cu 'nu respiro?
Si smanie pure tu pe' chist'ammore,
Tenimmoce accussì, anema e core!

Forse sarrà c' 'o chianto è ddoce,
Forse sarrà ca bene fa…
Quanno mme sento cchiù felice,
Nun è felicità…
Specie si ê vvote tu me dice,
Distratta, 'a verità.

Tenimmoce accussì, anema e core!
Nun ce lassammo cchiù, manco pe' 'n'ora.
'Stu desiderio 'e te me fa paura:
Campà cu tte,
Sempe cu tte
Pe' nun murì.
Che ce dicimmo a ffà pparole amare,
Si 'o bbene pò campà cu 'nu respiro?
Si smanie pure tu pe' chist'ammore,
Tenimmoce accussì, anema e core!

We lose sleep over each other
And we never confess it, but why?
Lips that don't long for kisses,
It's not about us, my dear.
However I call you but you don't answer me
To spite me.

Let's stay together like soul and heart!
Let's not leave each other even for an hour.
This wish, that I have, scares me:
To live with you,
Always with you
Not to die.
Why do we say hurtful words to each other,
If our love lives within us?
If you also suffer from this love
Let's stay together like soul and heart!

Maybe because tears seem sweet to me,
Maybe because they bring me joy…
I feel happy, but I know
It's not real happiness.
Especially if sometimes you tell me
The truth in confusion.

Let's stay together like soul and heart!
Let's not leave each other even for an hour.
This wish, that I have, scares me:
To live with you,
Always with you
Not to die.
Why do we say hurtful words to each other,
If our love lives within us?
If you also suffer from this love
Let's stay together like soul and heart!

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translated by Natalia Chernega