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Gilda Mignonette

(real name
Griselda Andreatini)


(28 oct 1886 -
08 jun 1953)

A Neapolitan singer of variety show.

Texts of the Neapolitan songs

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Scalinatella


Museca: Giuseppe Cioffi,

Vierze: Enzo Bonagura.

Anno: 1948

Staircase


Music: Giuseppe Cioffi,

Lyrics: Enzo Bonagura.

Year: 1948


Scalinatella
Longa,
Longa,
Longa,
Longa,
Strettulella,
Strettulella,
Addò sta chella
'Nnammuratella?

Nun sponta ancora
Zuc,
Zuc,
Zuc,
Zuc…
Zucculillo,
Zucculillo
Pe' 'sta viarella
Scarrupatella!

Addò mme ne vogl'j'?
T' 'o ddico… e crideme!
Addò se ne pò ghì
Chi è stanco 'e chiagnere!

Scalinatella,
Saglie
'Ncielo
O scinne
A mare.
Cercammella,
Trovammella,
Portame a chella
Sciaguratella!

Chella s'è 'nnammurata 'e 'nu pittore
Ca pitta Capre e parla furastiero.
E i' porto 'mpietto 'nu dulore 'e core
E sento ca m'accide 'stu penziero!

Scalinatella
Longa,
Longa,
Longa,
Longa,
Strettulella,
Strettulella,
Addò sta chella
'Nnammuratella?

Nun sponta ancora
Zuc,
Zuc,
Zuc,
Zuc…
Zucculillo,
Zucculillo
Pe' 'sta viarella
Scarrupatella!

Scalinatella,
Saglie
'Ncielo
O scinne
A mare.
Cercammella,
Trovammella,
Portame a chella
Sciaguratella!

A ghiuorne a ghiuorne parte 'nu vapore.
A ghiuorne 'ammore mio se vott' a mmare!



Staircase, you are
Long,
Long,
Long,
Long,
Narrow,
Narrow,
Where is
My sweetheart?

I don't hear yet
Clop,
Clop,
Clop,
Clop…
Her heels,
Her heels
In this lane that is
So neglected!

Do you know where I want to go away?
I tell you it… and believe me!
Where a man who is tired to cry
Can go away!

Staircase,
You go up
To the sky
Or go down
To the sea.
Search for her,
Find her for me,
Lead me
To this unfortunate!

She's in love with a painter
Who paints Capri* and speaks a foreign language.
And I have a pain in my heart
And I feel this thought kills me!

Staircase, you are
Long,
Long,
Long,
Long,
Narrow,
Narrow,
Where is
My sweetheart?

I don't hear yet
Clop,
Clop,
Clop,
Clop…
Her heels,
Her heels
In this lane that is
So neglected!

Staircase,
You go up
To the sky
Or go down
To the sea.
Search for her,
Find her for me,
Lead me
To this unfortunate!

In a few days, she will sail on a ship.
In a few days, my love will be thrown into the sea!

translated by Natalia Chernega

* Capri is an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea.