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Texts of the neapolitan songs

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Io sò napulitano!


Museca: Eduardo Alfieri,

Vierse: Gigi Pisano.

Anno: 1959

I am a Neapolitan!


Music: Eduardo Alfieri,

Lyrics: Gigi Pisano.

Year: 1959

Guardate, che bello 'o cielo!
Vedite, che bello 'o sole!
Sentite, c'adore 'e mare
Ca tenimmo a 'sta città.

E po' ce stanno 'e ffemmene
Cu ll'uocchie nire nire.
Beato chi tene 'e llire,
Tutt' 'a vita se pò spassà.

Chi tene belli denare
Sempe conta, conta, conta.
Chi tene bella mugliera,
Sempe canta, canta, canta.

Io denare non ce n'ho,
Non ce n'ho, non ce n'ho!
Io mugliera non ce n'ho,
Non ce n'ho, non ce n'ho!
Ma tengo 'na chitarra
E canto 'o stesso pe' 'n'anno sano
Pecché songo napulitano,
Pecché songo napulitano!

Se nasce cu 'nu destino
Chi campa senza furtuna
E chi pe' 'na vita sana
Oro, lusso e proprietà.

Carrozze e automobile,
Se spasse, spenne e spanne
E chesto fa tutto ll'anno
Mille sfize se fa passà.

Chi tene belli denare
Sempe conta, conta, conta.
Chi tene bella mugliera,
Sempe canta, canta, canta.

Io denare non ce n'ho,
Non ce n'ho, non ce n'ho!
Io mugliera non ce n'ho,
Non ce n'ho, non ce n'ho!
Ma tengo 'na chitarra
E canto 'o stesso pe' 'n'anno sano
Pecché songo napulitano,
Pecché songo napulitano!

Look, what a beautiful sky!
Look, what a beautiful sun!
Feel the smell of the sea
That we have in this city.

And also there are the women
With the very dark brown eyes.
Happy is he who has the lire*,
'Cause he can enjoy himself all his life.

He who has money
Always counts them, counts them.
He who has a pretty wife
Always sings, sings, sings.

I have no money,
No, I don't have any!
I have no wife,
No, I don't have any!
But I have a guitar
And I sing anyway the whole year,
Because I am a Neapolitan,
Because I am a Neapolitan!

Everyone is born with his own destiny:
Someone has constant bad luck
And someone, all his life,
Has gold, luxury and property.

Carriages and cars,
Someone has fun, spending money,
And he does it the whole year,
Satisfying his thousand whims.

He who has money
Always counts them, counts them.
He who has a pretty wife
Always sings, sings, sings.

I have no money,
No, I don't have any!
I have no wife,
No, I don't have any!
But I have a guitar
And I sing anyway the whole year,
Because I am a Neapolitan,
Because I am a Neapolitan!

translated by Natalia Chernega


* the currency of Italy until 2002.