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Chiove


Museca: Evemero Nardella,

Vierze: Libero Bovio.

Anno: 1923

It's raining


Music: Evemero Nardella,

Lyrics: Libero Bovio.

Year: 1923


Tu staje malata e cante,
Tu staje murenno e cante.
Sò nove juorne, nove,
Ca chiove… chiove… chiove…

E se fa fredda ll'aria,
E se fa cupo 'o cielo,
E tu, dint'a 'stu ggelo,
Tu sola cante e muore.

Chi sì? Tu sì 'a canaria!
Chi sì? Tu sì ll'Ammore!
Tu sì ll'Ammore
Ca, pure quanno more,
Canta canzone nove.

Ggiesù, ma comme chiove!

Tu, comm'a 'na Madonna,
Cante 'na ninna nonna
Pe' 'n'angiulillo 'ncroce
Ca vò sentì 'sta voce.

'Sta voce sulitaria
Ca dint' â notte canta,
E tu, comm'a 'na santa,
Tu sola sola muore.

Chi sì? Tu sì 'a canaria!
Chi sì? Tu sì ll'Ammore!
Tu sì ll'Ammore
Ca, pure quanno more,
Canta canzone nove.

Ggiesù, ma comme chiove!



You are ill and sing,
Dying, you sing.
For nine days it's raining,
It's raining… raining… raining…

The air gets cold
And the sky darkens,
And you, in this cold,
Only you sing and die.

Who are you? You are the canary!
Who are you? You are Love!
You are Love that,
Even when it dies,
It sings new songs.

Jesus, but how hard it's raining!

You, like the Madonna,
You sing a lullaby
To a suffering angel
That wants to hear your voice.

Your lone voice
That sings in the night,
While you, like a saint,
You die all alone.

Who are you? You are the canary!
Who are you? You are Love!
You are Love that,
Even when it dies,
It sings new songs.

Jesus, but how hard it's raining!

translated by Natalia Chernega