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Tarantelluccia


Museca: Rodolfo Falvo,

Vierze: Ernesto Murolo.

Anno: 1907

Little tarantella


Music: Rodolfo Falvo,

Lyrics: Ernesto Murolo.

Year: 1907

Tarantella is a rapid whirling dance originating in southern Italy.


'Na casarella
Pittata rosa
'Ncopp' ê Camaldule
Vurria tenè;
Piccerenella,
P' 'o sposo e 'a sposa,
Comm'a 'na connola,
Pe' mme e pe' tte.
"Tuppete-ttuppete"
Mme retirasse…
Tu, verbigrazia,
Viene arapì.

Cu 'ammore è facile
Tutt' 'o ddifficile:
Si addà succedere,
Succedarrà!

'Na luggetella
'Nfucata 'e sole
Cu 'aruta e 'anepeta
Piantate 'a te.
'Sta faccia bella
'Mmiez' ê llenzole,
Spase pe' ll'asteco,
Vurria vedè.
Vurria annasconnerme
Quanno passasse
Pe' fà, vasannote,
"Cucù-settè".

Cu 'ammore è facile
Tutt' 'o ddifficile:
Si addà succedere,
Succedarrà!

'Na cunnulella,
Ninno picciuso,
'Nfaccia ddoje fravule,
Gulie 'e mammà.
'Gnora - vavella,
Cu 'n'uocchio a 'o fuso,
Canta, vucannolo:
"Michelemmà".
Notte 'e silenzio,
Lietto sincero,
Ddoje braccia stregnerme
Vurria sentì.

Cu 'ammore è facile
Tutt' 'o ddifficile:
Si addà succedere,
Succedarrà!



A house
Painted pink
On the Camaldoli hill
I would like to have;
A small house,
For the husband and wife,
Like a cradle,
For me and for you.
"Knock-knock"
I would return home…
And you, for instance,
You would open the door for me.

With love it's easy to overcome
All difficulties:
If it's destined,
It will happen!

A little loggia
Filled with sunshine
With the rue and mint
Planted by you.
Your beautiful face
Among the sheets
Hanging out on the terrace
I would like to see.
I would like to hide
When you would pass by
To play, kissing you,
"Peekaboo".

With love it's easy to overcome
All difficulties:
If it's destined,
It will happen!

A little cradle,
A crying baby
With rosy cheeks on his face,
Mom's whims.
Grandmother
With the sleepy eyes
Who sings, lulling him,
Old song "Michelemmà".
Silent night,
A faithful marital bed,
Your arms hugging me
I would like to feel.

With love it's easy to overcome
All difficulties:
If it's destined,
It will happen!

translated by Natalia Chernega