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Totò

(real name
Antonio De Curtis)

(15 feb 1898 -
15 apr 1967)

An Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer and songwriter.

Texts of the neapolitan songs

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Michelemmà


Museca: gnoto,
(elaborata 'a Guglielmo Cottrau ô 1840),

Vierse: gnoto.

Anno: XVII seculo

My Michelle


Music: unknown,
(worked up by Guglielmo Cottrau in 1840),

Lyrics: unknown.

Year: the 17th century

The translation of the title is still debatable: some suppose that "Michelemmà" means "My Michelle" while others think the translation is "Michelle at sea".

The text is unclear. Maybe this ancient song, written in the epoch of the turkish incursions into the Naples coast, speaks not about a girl but about an isle, maybe Isle of Ischia, called "curly-headed" on account of its relief.

È nata 'mmiez'ô mare,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,
È nata 'mmiez'ô mare,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,

Oje 'na scarola,
Oje 'na scarola.

Li turche se nce vanno,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,
Li turche se nce vanno,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,

A reposare,
A reposare.

Chi pe' la cimma e chi,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,
Chi pe' la cimma e chi,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,

Pe' lo streppone,
Pe' lo streppone.

Biato a chi la vence,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,
Biato a chi la vence,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,

Co 'sta figliola,
Co 'sta figliola.

'Sta figliola ch'è figlia
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,
'Sta figliola ch'è figlia
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,

Oje de notaro,
Oje de notaro.

E 'mpietto porta 'na,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,
E 'mpietto porta 'na,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,

Stella diana,
Stella diana

Pe' fà morì ll'amante,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,
Pe' fà morì ll'amante,
Michelemmà, Michelemmà,

A duje a duje,
A duje a duje.

Was born in the middle of the sea,
My Michelle, my Michelle,
Was born in the middle of the sea,
My Michelle, my Michelle,

Oh, a curly-headed girl,
Oh, a curly-headed girl.

The Turks go here,
My Michelle, my Michelle,
The Turks go here,
My Michelle, my Michelle,

To have a rest,
To have a rest.

Some at the top and others
My Michelle, my Michelle,
Some at the top and others
My Michelle, my Michelle,

At the bottom,
At the bottom.

Blessed he who wins her,
My Michelle, my Michelle,
Blessed he who wins her,
My Michelle, my Michelle,

This girl,
This girl.

This girl is a daughter,
My Michelle, My Michelle,
This girl is a daughter,
My Michelle, My Michelle,

Of a notary,
Of a notary.

Upon her bosom she wears,
My Michelle, My Michelle,
Upon her bosom she wears,
My Michelle, My Michelle,

A Morning Star,
A Morning Star

To slay the lovers,
My Michelle, my Michelle,
To slay the lovers,
My Michelle, my Michelle,

One after another,
One after another.

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translated by Natalia Chernega