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I' nun voglio 'a figlia 'o Rre!


Museca: Ernesto De Curtis,

Vierze: Giambattista De Curtis.

Anno: 1908

I don't want the king's daughter!


Music: Ernesto De Curtis,

Lyrics: Giambattista De Curtis.

Year: 1908

Instrumental version


I' nun voglio 'a figlia 'o Rre!
I' nun voglio 'a figlia 'o Rre!

E nun voglio a Nanninella,
Voglio a una ch'è cchiù bella,
Voglio a chella ch'a 'stu core
Stette azzicco 'int' ô vapore.
Che bellezza 'e criatura!
Bianca, rossa, fresca e pura,
E 'na faccia semp' allera:
'Na matina 'e Primmavera!

I' nun voglio 'a figlia 'o Rre!
I' nun voglio 'a figlia 'o Rre!

Core mio, che vuò da me?
Core mio, che vuò da me?

Hai raggione 'e te stà tristo…
Tutta Napule aggio visto,
E nisciuno me dà nova:
Nun se trova, nun se trova!
Dice 'a ggente: Nce sò ttante…
Tutte luceno 'e brillante…
Dint' ô scuro songh'eguale…
Sposa a una a bbene o mmale.

I' nun voglio 'a figlia 'o Rre!
I' nun voglio 'a figlia 'o Rre!

Nun se scontrano 'e mmuntagne,
Nè ddoje aneme sulagne.

Ma 'o destino è grand'assaje…
M' 'a putesse fà truvà!
Sento 'o fisco d' 'o vapore…
E m' 'a sento azzicco 'o core…
I' 'a veco e ssento 'a voce!
I' songh'i' o nun songh'io?
È 'o mutivo 'e 'na canzona…
'O destino accussì vò!

Nun se trova a chi vogl'i'!
Nun se trova a chi vogl'i'!



I don't want the king's daughter!
I don't want the king's daughter!

And I don't want Annie,
I want that girl who is more beautiful,
I want that girl who was
Beside me on the ship.
What a lovely creature!
White, rosy-cheeked, young and pure,
And her face is always cheerful:
Like a spring morning!

I don't want the king's daughter!
I don't want the king's daughter!

Heart, what do you want from me?
Heart, what do you want from me?

You're right to be sad…
I went all over Naples
And no one reports me anything new:
I don't find her, I don't find her!
People tell me: There are so many…
They all sparkle like diamonds…
In the dark they are all alike…
Marry anyone, good or bad.

I don't want the king's daughter!
I don't want the king's daughter!

The mountains don't collide,
Two lonely souls.

But the destiny is so great,
It can make me find her!
I hear the ship's whistle…
And I feel her beside me…
I see her and hear her voice!
What happens to me?
It's the tune of a song…
The destiny wants it so!

I don't find the one I want!
I don't find the one I want!

translated by Natalia Chernega