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Giuramento


Museca: Antonio Vian,

Vierse: Giuseppe Russo.

Anno: 1953

An oath


Music: Antonio Vian,

Lyrics: Giuseppe Russo.

Year: 1953

Mare!
'Nu vapore s' 'a purtaje
Chella sera ca giuraje:
"Io torno, aspettame! Nun te scurdà!"
Mare!
Ogne sera ca te veco
D' 'e pparole sento ll'eco:
"Io torno, aspettame! Nun te scurdà!"
Ma 'e mise passano, c'aspetto a ffà?

Comme te può scurdà
Ca t'aggio amata?
Comme se pò sbaglià
Pe' tutt' 'a vita?
E si nun vuò penzà
'E giuramente ca facive a mme,
Comme te può scurdà
Ca t'aggio amata,
Si aggio perduto 'a vita mia pe' tte?

Mare!
Dint' ê llettere 'e cchiù ardente
Me ripete 'e giuramente:
"Io torno, aspettame! Nun te scurdà!"
Mare!
Si tu saje ca nun è overo
Levammella d' 'o pensiero,
"Io torno, aspettame! Nun te scurdà!"
O 'a strada 'mparala p' 'a fà turnà!

Comme te può scurdà
Ca t'aggio amata?
Comme se pò sbaglià
Pe' tutt' 'a vita?
E si nun vuò penzà
'E giuramente ca facive a mme,
Comme te può scurdà
Ca t'aggio amata,
Si aggio perduto 'a vita mia pe' tte?

Mare!
'Nu vapore s' 'a purtaje
Luntano 'a me!

Sea!
A steamship took her away
That evening when she swore me:
"I'll be back, wait for me! Don't forget me!"
Sea!
Every evening that I see you,
I hear the echo of these words:
"I'll be back, wait for me! Don't forget me!"
But the months go by, what am I waiting for?

How can you forget
That I loved you?
How can you make a mistake
For all life?
And if you don't want to think
Of your oaths that you have made me,
How can you forget
That I loved you
If I lose my life because of you?

Sea!
In her passionate love letters
She repeats her oaths:
"I'll be back, wait for me! Don't forget me!"
Sea!
If you know that it's not true
Get her out of my mind,
"I'll be back, wait for me! Don't forget me!"
Or show her the way to make her come back!

How can you forget
That I loved you?
How can you make a mistake
For all life?
And if you don't want to think
Of your oaths that you have made me,
How can you forget
That I loved you
If I lose my life because of you?

Sea!
A steamship took her away
From me!

translated by Natalia Chernega