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E vui durmiti ancora

(And you are still sleeping)



Music: Gaetano Emanuel Calì,

Lyrics: Giovanni Formisano.



Gian Campione
(1946 - 2005)
sings


This sicilian song was written in 1910.
The composer from Catania, Gaetano Emanuel Calì, before his departure to Malta, read the verses of his countryman Giovanni Formisano. Calì was amazed by lyric poetry of these verses and right away, being in trip, he had composed the music.
But this song was in project for many years and only in 1927 it was published officially.

Lu suli è già spuntatu 'ntra lu mari
E vui, bidduzza mia, durmiti ancora.
L'aceddi sunnu stanchi di cantari
E affriddateddi v'aspettanu ccà fora.
Supra 'stu barcuneddu sù pusati
E aspettanu quann'è ca v'affacciati.

Lassati stari, nun durmiti cchiui
Ca 'nmenzu ad iddi dintra 'sta vanedda
Ci sugnu puru iu c'aspettu a vui
Pi viriri 'sta facci accussì bedda.
Passu ccà fora tutti li nuttati
E aspettu sulu quannu v'affacciati.

Li ciuri senza i vui nun vonnu stari
Sù tutti cu li testi a pinnuluni.
Ognunu d'iddi nun voli sbucciari
Si prima nun si grapi 'stu barcuni.
Intra li buttuneddi sù ammucciati
E aspettanu quann'è ca v'affacciati.

Lassati stari, nun durmiti cchiui
Ca 'nmenzu ad iddi dintra 'sta vanedda
Ci sugnu puru iu c'aspettu a vui
Pi viriri 'sta facci accussì bedda.
Passu ccà fora tutti li nuttati
E aspettu sulu quannu v'affacciati.

The sun has already risen above the sea
And you, my beauty, you are still sleeping.
The birds are tired to sing
And shackled by cold they wait for you outside.
They are sitting on your balcony
And waiting for a moment when you look out.

Come on, don't sleep anymore,
Because together with them in this alley
I'm also waiting for you
To see your beautiful face.
I spend here all my nights
And wait just for a moment when you look out.

The flowers don't want to be without you,
They have inclined their heads.
No one of them wants to blossom
Until you open your balcony.
They have hidden their buds,
Waiting for a moment when you look out.

Come on, don't sleep anymore,
Because together with them in this alley
I'm also waiting for you
To see your beautiful face.
I spend here all my nights
And wait just for a moment when you look out.