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Serenatella a 'na cumpagna 'e scola

Museca: Giuseppe Bonavolontà,

Vierse: Michele Galdieri.

Anno: 1947

Serenade to my schoolfriend


Music: Giuseppe Bonavolontà,

Lyrics: Michele Galdieri.

Year: 1947

Serenatella a 'na cumpagna 'e scola
Ca se chiammava...
'O nomme, no, nun mm' 'o ricordo.
Tropp'anne sò passate, 'o tiempo vola
E mò sò ttante ca mme stanco d' 'e cuntà!
Ma, comme fosse ajere,
A me mme pare d' 'a vedè
A 'o stesso banco, proprio affianco a mme.

Serenatella a 'na cumpagna 'e scola
Ca si 'a guardavo,
Già tremmavo, comm'a che!

Vita, vita sbagliata!
Ch'aggio perduto!
Ch'aggio lassato!
Ma che ce penzo a ffà?
Va' trova, mò, addò sta
Chella felicità
Сa mme puteva accumpagnà!

Cchiù tiempo passa
E cchiù mme vene a mmente
E, cchiù 'e 'na vota,
Sento 'a voce ca mme dice:
"Comm'è che allora nun capiste niente?
Io te vulevo tantu bbene, cride a me!"
"E i' pure – lle rispongo – te vulevo bbene a tte!
Pecché nun ce capettemo, pecché?"

Cchiù tiempo passa
E cchiù mme vene a mmente,
Ma 'o nomme...
Niente, nun mm' 'o pozzo arricurdà!

Vita, vita sbagliata!
Ch'aggio perduto!
Ch'aggio lassato!
Ma che ce penzo a ffà?
Va' trova, mò, addò sta
Chella felicità
Сa mme puteva accumpagnà!

Serenatella a 'na cumpagna 'e scola
Ca, mme ricordo, se chiammava: "Giuventù!"

Serenade to my schoolfriend,
Whose name was...
No, I don't remember her name.
So many years have gone, the time is flying
And the women I had, I'm tired of counting them!
But yesterday,
As it seems to me, I've seen her
On the same bench beside me.

Serenade to my schoolfriend,
When I was looking at her,
I trembled more than ever!

My life, my life is ruined!
What have I lost!?
What have I left!?
But why do I think of it?
Who knows, now
Where is the happiness
That could be mine?!

The more time goes away
And the stronger the memory is,
The more and more
I hear her voice that tells me:
"Did you understand nothing at the time?
I loved you so much, believe me!"
"And me too – I answer her – I loved you too!
Why did we not understand each other? Why?"

The more time goes away,
The stronger the memory is,
But her name...
I can't remember it!

My life, my life is ruined!
What have I lost!?
What have I left!?
But why do I think of it?
Who knows, now
Where is the happiness
That could be mine?!

Serenade to my schoolfriend,
Whose name, I recall, was "Youth!"

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translated by Natalia Chernega