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Giovanni Verga

(02 sep 1840 -
27 jan 1922)

An Italian writer, realist.

Jetta la riti!

(Cast the net!)



Music: Giovanni Moscato,

Lyrics: Gian Campione.



Gian Campione
(1946 - 2005)
sings


La sira a la calata di lu suli
Già si priparanu li piscatura,
Pigghiannusi li riti e la lampara,
Li mettinu 'na varca cu primura.

A notti funna nescinu li varchi,
Illuminati di lu lustru 'i luna,
E mentri remanu li piscatura
Cantanu tutti 'ncoru 'sta canzuna:

Jetta la riti, jettala,
Tirala quannu è china!
Si vo' piscari bonu
E aviri assà furtuna
Tira la riti, tirala!
Lu tò travagghiu veni
Pagatu e ripagatu
Dopu tanti sudura,
Pagatu e ripagatu
Dopu tanti sudura.

A picca a picca sta acchianannu 'u suli
E già sunnu arrivati a la marina,
Ci sunnu granni vecchi e picciriddi
Ca ci fannu gran festa a 'i piscatura.

Hannu li vrazza stanchi i piscatura
Ma remanu cu forza e cu primura.
Picchi sannu ca stannu pi turnari
A strinciri e a vasari li so' cari.

Jetta la riti, jettala,
Tirala quannu è china!
Si vo' piscari bonu
E aviri assà furtuna
Tira la riti, tirala!
Lu tò travagghiu veni
Pagatu e ripagatu
Dopu tanti sudura,
Pagatu e ripagatu
Dopu tanti sudura.

In the evening, at the sunset,
The fishermen are already preparing,
Taking the nets and lampara*,
They are putting them into a boat hurrying up.

At deep night the boats are sailing away,
Lighted up by the moon,
And while the fishermen are rowing
They sing in chorus this song:

Cast the net, cast it,
Pull it when it's full of fish!
If you want to fish well
And to have big fortune,
Pull the net, pull it!
Your job will be
Paid and repaid
After such sweat,
Paid and repaid
After such sweat.

Little by little the sun is rising up
And they have already come to the coast,
The aged and children,
They prepare a great feast for fishermen.

The fishermen's hands are tired
But they are rowing struggling.
Few people know that they are coming back
To embrace and kiss their sweet relatives.

Cast the net, cast it,
Pull it when it's full of fish!
If you want to fish well
And to have big fortune,
Pull the net, pull it!
Your job will be
Paid and repaid
After such sweat,
Paid and repaid
After such sweat.


* Lampara is a large lamp light to attract fish at night.