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Sciummo


Museca: Carlo Concina,

Vierse: Enzo Bonagura.

Anno: 1952

The river


Music: Carlo Concina,

Lyrics: Enzo Bonagura.

Year: 1952

Tu scinne,
Sciummo, sciummo, sciummo,
D' 'a muntagna.
Io scenno
Ca 'na malasciorta
M'accumpagna.
E ghiammo, ohè!
Ll'ammore è sciummo ca se perde a mare.

Tu cante
- tocche, tocche, tocche -
Spaccalegna:
" 'A saccio.
Nun ce sta 'na vocca
Cchiù sanguegna!"
E i' scenno, ohè!
Chi perde 'ammore va cercanno 'o mare.

Campana
Ca suone 'a copp'a 'stu cunvento,
Tu siente
Ch'ha fatto chella faccia 'e santa?
Ajere, 'mbracci'a me, 'nu svenimento,
Stasera vasa a 'n'ato e se n'avanta.

Oje comme
Sona lenta e triste
'Na zampogna,
Ca scenne,
Sciummo, sciummo, sciummo
D' 'a muntagna.
E ghiammo, ohè!
Ll'ammore è sciummo ca se perde a mare
E 'nfunn' ô mare s'arreposa 'o core.

Paese,
Addò sò nato, i' te saluto.
Te veco,
Llà 'ncimma, sulo e abbandunato.
E io 'nfamo, 'nfamo 'e me,
Mme ne sò ghiuto.
Te lasso pecché 'ammore m'ha lassato.

Tu chiagne
Quase comm'a 'n'ommo
Ca se lagna.
E i' scenno,
Sciummo, sciummo, sciummo,
D' 'a muntagna.
E ghiammo, ohè!
Ll'ammore è sciummo ca se perde a mare
E sulo 'o mare fa scurdà ll'ammore.

You come down,
River, river, river,
From the mountain.
And I follow you
With my misfortune
That accompanies me.
Let's go together!
Love is a river that disappears in the sea.

You sing, sounding
- toc, toc, toc -
Woodcutter:
"I know her.
There are no lips
More desirable than hers!"
And I'm going down stream!
Who's lost his love goes in search of the sea.

Bell,
You ring from a monastery,
Do you know
What she has done to me with angel face?
Yesterday she melted into my arms,
Tonight she kisses another and boasts of it.

Oh, how
How slowly and sad
The sound of a bagpipe is,
While you come down,
River, river, river
From the mountain.
Let's go together!
Love is a river that disappears in the sea
And under the sea a heart finds peace.

My land
Where I was born, I say goodbye to you.
I look at you
From the top, I'm lonely and abandoned.
And I'm disgraced, disgraced I am,
I'm going away.
I'm leaving you because my love has left me.

You cry
Almost like a man
Who suffers.
And I follow you,
River, river, river,
From the mountain.
Let's go together!
Love is a river that disappears in the sea
And only the sea makes me forget my love.

translated by Natalia Chernega