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Santa Lucia luntana


Museca: E.A. Mario,

Vierze: E.A. Mario.

Anno: 1919

Distant Santa Lucia


Music: E.A. Mario,

Lyrics: E.A. Mario.

Year: 1919

The song tells about the emigration of Italians to America in the early 20th century.

Santa Lucia is a historic quarter of Naples on the seacoast.


Partono 'e bastimente
Pe' terre assaje luntane,
Cantano a buordo:
Sò napulitane!

Cantano pe' tramente
'O golfo già scumpare
E 'a luna 'a 'mmiez' ô mare
'Nu poco 'e Napule lle fa vedè.

Santa Lucia,
Luntano 'a te,
Quanta malincunia!
Se gira 'o munno sano,
Se va a cercà furtuna,
Ma, quanno sponta 'a luna,
Luntano 'a Napule
Nun se pò stà!

E sonano… ma 'e mmane
Tremmano 'ncopp' ê ccorde.
Quanta ricorde, ahimmé,
Quanta ricorde!

E 'o core nun 'o sane
Nemmeno cu 'e ccanzone:
Sentenno vvoce e suone,
Se mette a chiagnere
Ca vò turnà!

Santa Lucia,
Luntano 'a te,
Quanta malincunia!
Se gira 'o munno sano,
Se va a cercà furtuna,
Ma, quanno sponta 'a luna,
Luntano 'a Napule
Nun se pò stà!

Santa Lucia, tu tiene
Sulo 'nu poco 'e mare,
Ma, cchiù luntana staje,
Cchiù bella pare!

È 'o canto d' 'e Ssirene
Ca tesse ancora 'e rrezze.
Core nun vò ricchezze:
Si è nato a Napule,
Ce vò murì!

Santa Lucia,
Luntano 'a te,
Quanta malincunia!
Se gira 'o munno sano,
Se va a cercà furtuna,
Ma, quanno sponta 'a luna,
Luntano 'a Napule
Nun se pò stà!



The ships go away
To the distant lands,
On board are singing
Neapolitans!

They sing while
The bay disappears already
And the moon in the middle of sea
A little of Naples lets them see.

Santa Lucia,
Distant from you,
What a melancholy!
The world are revolving,
One can go for searching for fortune
But when the moon rises
Far away from Naples
One can't stay!

They play… but their hands
Are trembling on the chords.
How many reminiscences, alack,
How many reminiscences!

And you don't cure your heart
Even with the songs:
Listening to the voices and sounds,
It wants to cry
Because it wants to come back!

Santa Lucia,
Distant from you,
What a melancholy!
The world are revolving,
One can go for searching for fortune
But when the moon rises
Far away from Naples
One can't stay!

Santa Lucia, you are situated
Just a little on the sea,
But the farther you are,
The prettier you seem!

This is the singing of the Sirens
That weave yet their nets.
The heart doesn't want riches:
If it was born in Naples,
It wants to die here!

Santa Lucia,
Distant from you,
What a melancholy!
The world are revolving,
One can go for searching for fortune
But when the moon rises
Far away from Naples
One can't stay!

translated by Natalia Chernega