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Tiempe belle


Museca: Vincenzo Valente,

Vierze: Aniello Califano.

Anno: 1916

Beautiful days


Music: Vincenzo Valente,

Lyrics: Aniello Califano.

Year: 1916


Tu me vuò fà capì ca sì cuntenta,
I' voglio fà vedè ca sò felice.
Ma 'a verità nisciuno 'e nuje nun dice,
'Sti core nuoste avesser' 'a parlà:

Tiempe belle 'e 'na vota,
Tiempe belle, addò state?
Vuje nce avite lassate,
Ma pecché nun turnate?
Tiempe belle 'e 'na vota,
Tiempe belle, addò state?
Vuje nce avite lassate,
Pecché nun turnate?

Mò pe' sfurtuna mia stongo cu 'n'ata,
Pe' 'nu capriccio tu cu 'n'ato staje.
Se sonna chella ca nn' 'a lasso maje
E se lusinga chillo 'mbracci'a tte.

Tiempe belle 'e 'na vota,
Tiempe belle, addò state?
Vuje nce avite lassate,
Ma pecché nun turnate?
Tiempe belle 'e 'na vota,
Tiempe belle, addò state?
Vuje nce avite lassate,
Pecché nun turnate?

Nuje pe' vulerce bbene simmo nate,
Facimmole cuntente chisti core!
Turnammo 'n'ata vota a chill'ammore
Ca, pe' destino, nun ce vò lassà.

Tiempe belle 'e 'na vota,
Tiempe belle, addò state?
Vuje nce avite lassate,
Ma pecché nun turnate?
Tiempe belle 'e 'na vota,
Tiempe belle, addò state?
Vuje nce avite lassate,
Pecché nun turnate?



You want to convince me that you are content,
I want to show you I'm happy.
But none of us wants to tell the truth,
Only our hearts long to say:

Beautiful days of the past,
Beautiful days, where are you?
You have left us,
But why don't you come back?
Beautiful days of the past,
Beautiful days, where are you?
You have left us,
Why don't you come back?

Unfortunately I'm with another girl now,
Your caprice makes you be with another man.
My new girlfriend thinks I never leave her
And your new admirer is deceived in your arms.

Beautiful days of the past,
Beautiful days, where are you?
You have left us,
But why don't you come back?
Beautiful days of the past,
Beautiful days, where are you?
You have left us,
Why don't you come back?

We were born to love each other,
Let's make our hearts happy!
Let's awaken our love again,
'Cause it doesn't want to leave us.

Beautiful days of the past,
Beautiful days, where are you?
You have left us,
But why don't you come back?
Beautiful days of the past,
Beautiful days, where are you?
You have left us,
Why don't you come back?

translated by Natalia Chernega