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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
Mm'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,
Io te saluto.
Te veco,
Llà 'ncimma, sulo e abbandunato.
E io 'nfamo, 'nfamo 'e me,
Mme ne sò ghiuto.
Te lasso pecché 'ammore mm'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're going down,
River, river, river,
From the mountain.
And I'm going down stream
With my misfortune
That follows me.
Let's go together!
Love is a river that disappears in the sea.

Sounding
- knock-knock-knock -
You're singing, woodcutter:
"I know her.
There's no lips
More treacherous!"
And I'm going down stream.
Who's lost his love, goes to search for the sea.

Bell,
You're sounding from a monastery,
Do you know
What she has done to me with angel face?
Yesterday she was going mad in my arms,
Tonight she kisses another and boasts of it.

Oh, how slowly and sadly
Is playing
A bagpipe,
While is going down
The river, river, river
From the mountain.
Let's go together!
Love is a river that disappears in the sea
And at the bottom the 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're crying
Almost like a man
Who's suffering.
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.

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translated by Natalia Chernega