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Texts of the Neapolitan songs

Suonno perduto


Museca: Salvatore Mazzocco,

Vierze: Giuseppe Russo.

Anno: 1963

My lost dream


Music: Salvatore Mazzocco,

Lyrics: Giuseppe Russo.

Year: 1963


Comm' a 'na vota
T'aggio sunnata,
Comm' a 'na vota…
Dint' ô ciardino,
'Nnanz' â funtana,
Cu 'e rrose 'nzino.
Tu me vasave,
Niente dicive
E suspirave
Senza parlà.

Suonno sunnato,
Comm' a 'na vota
T'aggio sunnata:
Bella e gentile,
Vestuta 'e cielo,
Lucente è sole.
'Nu rampicante,
'Nu vaso 'nfronte,
'Nu giuramento.
'Na stretta 'e mana,
'Nu giesummino
Nient' ato cchiù!

Fronne sfrunnate
'Nterra sbattute,
Fronne sfrunnate…
For' ô canciello
D' 'a stessa villa
'Na palummella
Pare ca dice:
"Fatte capace,
Mò è cchiù felice,
Lassala stà!"

Suonno sunnato,
Comm' a 'na vota
T'aggio sunnata:
Bella e gentile,
Vestuta 'e cielo,
Lucente è sole.
'Nu rampicante,
'Nu vaso 'nfronte,
'Nu giuramento.
'Na stretta 'e mana,
'Nu giesummino
Nient' ato cchiù!

translated by Natalia Chernega


Like once before
I have seen you in my dream,
Like once before…
In the garden,
At the fountain,
With the roses on your chest.
You kissed me,
You said nothing
And sighed
Without talking.

A dream I had
Like once before,
I have seen you again in my dream:
Beautiful and gentle,
Sky-colored dress,
The bright sun.
A dangling ivy,
A kiss on the forehead,
A vow.
Clenched hands,
A jasmine,
Nothing more!

Branches without leaves
Fallen to the ground,
Branches without leaves…
Outside at the gate
Of the same villa
It seems a butterfly
Tries to tell me:
"Accept it,
Now she is happier,
Leave her alone!"

A dream I had
Like once before,
I have seen you again in my dream:
Beautiful and gentle,
Sky-colored dress,
The bright sun.
A dangling ivy,
A kiss on the forehead,
A vow.
Clenched hands,
A jasmine,
Nothing more!

translated by Natalia Chernega