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Muttetti di lu paliu

(Motet of palio)




Sicilian folk song.



Giuseppe Di Stefano
(1921 - 2008)
sings


Motet is a choral musical composition.
Palio is an athletic contest, very often horse racing, pitting the neighbourhoods of a town.

Ujè, ujè!
'U cavadduzzu i Vanni Quartu
Unni va bbà, tira 'u barattu.

Ujè, ujè!
'U partivi 'i Porta Filici,
M'ivi a pigghiari l'acula a Matrici.

Ujè, ujè!
'U partivi d'a Marina
Chistu è 'u cavaddu di pignata china.

Olè, olè!
The horse of Giovanni Quarto
Wherever it goes always wins, carries the cart.

Olè, olè!
I've departed from Porta Felice,*
I'm here to win the cup of palio.

Olè, olè!
I've departed from Marina,**
My horse has won many prizes.


* Porta Felice is one of ancient gate of Palermo,
** Marina is a zone of Palermo.