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Rosa, Rusella


Museca: Vincenzo Di Chiara,

Vierse: Pasquale Cinquegrana.

Anno: 1904

Rosa, Rosie


Music: Vincenzo Di Chiara,

Lyrics: Pasquale Cinquegrana.

Year: 1904

Ogne figliola 'e Napule è 'nu sciore
E 'mmiez'a tanta sciure nc'è 'na rosa
E chesta rosa, bella e vrucculosa,
Rosa, Rusella mia, sì proprio tu!

Rosa, Rusella,
Cianciosa e bella,
'Sta passiuncella
Accide a me.
Si mme ne cacce,
I' nun 'o ssaccio
Chello ca faccio,
'O ssaje, Rusè.

Quanno te veco fore a 'stu barcone,
Sott'a 'sta pergulella d'uva rosa,
Rosa, Rusè, mme faje venì 'na cosa:
Resto accussì, 'ncantato 'nnanz'a tte.

Rosa, Rusella,
Cianciosa e bella,
'Sta passiuncella
Accide a me.
Si mme ne cacce,
I' nun 'o ssaccio
Chello ca faccio,
'O ssaje, Rusè.

Ajere tu cusive e i' te guardavo.
Che bella mana janca e piccerella!
Embè, chesta manella accussì bella
S'ha pezzecato 'o core 'a piett' a mme.

Rosa, Rusella,
Cianciosa e bella,
'Sta passiuncella
Accide a me.
Si mme ne cacce,
I' nun 'o ssaccio
Chello ca faccio,
'O ssaje, Rusè.

Every girl of Naples is a flower,
And among those many flowers there's a rose
And this beautiful and tender rose
It's you, Rosa, my Rosie!

Rosa, Rosie,
Obstinate and beautiful,
This passion
Kills me.
If you drive me away
I don't know
What to do,
And you know it, Rosie.

When I see you from my balcony
Under your vine-covered arbor,
Rosa, Rosie, you drive me crazy:
I stand quite still, charmed by you.

Rosa, Rosie,
Obstinate and beautiful,
This passion
Kills me.
If you drive me away
I don't know
What to do,
And you know it, Rosie.

Yesterday I saw you sewing.
How beautiful your little white hand is!
Eh, this little nice hand
Has hurt my heart.

Rosa, Rosie,
Obstinate and beautiful,
This passion
Kills me.
If you drive me away
I don't know
What to do,
And you know it, Rosie.

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translated by Natalia Chernega