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Connola senza mamma


Museca: Gennaro Ciaravolo,

Vierze: Giuseppe Esposito.

Anno: 1932

Cradle without mother


Music: Gennaro Ciaravolo,

Lyrics: Giuseppe Esposito.

Year: 1932

The song tells about the emigration of Italians to America in the early 20th century.


Comm' 'e vapure scostano,
Lassanno 'sta banchina,
Turmiente e pene portano
Luntano 'a Margellina.
'Nterr'â banchina chiagnono
'E mmamme 'e ll'emigrante,
Pe' chesto, 'nterr'a 'America,
Sò triste tuttequante.

Meglio 'nu juorno ccà, napulitano,
Ca tutt' 'a vita princepe luntano.
Ll'America, ch' 'e cchiamma,
Luntana sta,
Connola senza mamma
Ca nun po' dà
Felicità.

Stanno luntane e sonnano
Sempe 'sti cante e suone.
Ma qua' brillante trovano
Cchiù belle d' 'e ccanzone?
Tutto nun dà ll'America,
Forte suspira 'o core
'E chi, pensanno â Patria,
Luntano se ne more.

Meglio 'nu juorno ccà, napulitano,
Ca tutt' 'a vita princepe luntano.
Si è Napule ch' 'e cchiamma
P' 'e ffà sanà,
Connola senza mamma,
Falle turnà,
Falle turnà!

Si è Napule ch' 'e cchiamma
P' 'e ffà sanà,
Connola senza mamma,
Falle turnà,
Falle turnà!



As soon as the ships sail away
Leaving this quay,
They take torments and pain with them
Moving away from Mergellina*.
On the quay
Mothers of these emigrants cry,
Therefore, in America,
They all are sad.

Better one day here, Neapolitan,
Than a lifetime of prosperity away from home.
America that calls them
Is far away,
Cradle without mother
That cannot give
Happiness.

They are away from home and dream
Always about songs of their land.
But do they find here something
More beautiful than their songs?
America doesn't give everything,
The heart groans of that who,
Thinking about his Motherland,
Dies away from home.

Better one day here, Neapolitan,
Than a lifetime of prosperity away from home.
If Naples calls them back
To heal them,
Cradle without mother,
Make them come back,
Make them come back!

If Naples calls them back
To heal them,
Cradle without mother,
Make them come back,
Make them come back!

translated by Natalia Chernega

* Mergellina is a coastal section of Naples.