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Carmela mia


Museca: Enrico Cannio,

Vierse: Aniello Califano.

Anno: 1903

My Carmela


Music: Enrico Cannio,

Lyrics: Aniello Califano.

Year: 1903

Addio, Carmè, dimane aggi' 'a partì!
I' sò surdato, 'a Patria aggi' 'a servì.
'A luntananza nun mme fa scurdà
'E 'st'uocchie belle fatte pe' 'ncantà.
Tutte 'sti mise senza mme vedè,
Sarraje sincera comm'io sò cu tte?

Carmè, Carmè!
T'aggi' 'a lassà,
Nun c'è che ffà!
Carmè, Carmè!
Luntano 'a te
Chi nce pò stà?

'A fantasia te turmentarrà,
A tanta ccose te farrà penzà.
Tu sì gelosa, assaje gelosa 'e me,
Comm'io geluso songo 'e te, Carmè.
'Ammore vero nun se pò tradì.
Sempe 'a reggina 'e chistu core sì.

Carmè, Carmè!
T'aggi' 'a lassà,
Nun c'è che ffà!
Carmè, Carmè!
Luntano 'a te
Chi nce pò stà?

E quanno, sulo, 'int'ô quartiere stò
E 'a passione turmentà mme vò.
Suspiro e vaso 'o cierro tujo, Carmè,
Comme si chilli vase 'e ddesse a te.
Da 'o dito, 'aniello mio, nun t' 'o levà,
Scriveme sempe, 'e me nun te scurdà!

Carmè, Carmè!
T'aggi' 'a lassà,
Nun c'è che ffà!
Carmè, Carmè!
Luntano 'a te
Chi nce pò stà?

Goodbye, Carmela, tomorrow I must go away!
I'm a soldier, I must serve my country.
But the distance doesn't make me forget
Your beautiful eyes, created to fascinate.
All these months, without seeing me,
Will you be faithful to me how I am to you?

Carmela, Carmela!
I must leave you,
There's nothing to be done!
Carmela, Carmela!
Far away from you
Who can be beside me?

The guess will torment you,
Of many thing it will make you think.
You're jealous, very jealous of me
As I'm jealous of you, Carmela.
True love can't be betrayed.
You are always the queen of my heart.

Carmela, Carmela!
I must leave you,
There's nothing to be done!
Carmela, Carmela!
Far away from you
Who can be beside me?

But when I stand alone in the barracks,
The passion torments me.
I sigh and kiss a lock of your hair, Carmela,
As if I give these kisses to you.
Don't take my ring off your finger,
Write me all the time, don't forget me!

Carmela, Carmela!
I must leave you,
There's nothing to be done!
Carmela, Carmela!
Far away from you
Who can be beside me?

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translated by Natalia Chernega