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Tuppe-ttu…


Museca: Vincenzo D'Annibale,

Vierse: Diego Petriccione.

Anno: 1912

Thump thump…


Music: Vincenzo D'Annibale,

Lyrics: Diego Petriccione.

Year: 1912

Instrumental version


Tuppe-tuppe fa 'stu core
'Nfra 'a speranza e 'nfra 'a paura,
Se decide e s'abbentura,
Po' se ferma… E chesto fa!
Po' se lagna ch'isso more,
Maje nun parla chiaramente,
Sta po' dicere e ppo'… niente!…
'Ntartaglieja e chesto fa!…

Tuppe-ttu! Ma chesta storia
Core mio addà fernì.
Cu 'nu No, o 'nu bello Sì
Tu fernisce 'e 'ntartaglià.

Comme vuò ch'essa capisce,
Core mio, si tu, si tu te 'mbroglie?
'A matassa si nn' 'a sbruoglie,
Vene 'n'auto p' 'a sbruglià.
'N'atu vene! E cosa liscie,
Sape fà senz'ammuina,
Ddoje pparole e s' 'a cumbine
E tu rieste a cuntemplà!

Tuppe-ttu! Ma chesta storia
Core mio addà fernì.
Cu 'nu No, o 'nu bello Sì
Tu fernisce 'e 'ntartaglià.

Tuppe-ttu! Tu te ne staje,
T'hê 'a decidere 'na vota.
Passa 'o tiempo, 'o munno avota,
Te faje viecchio a 'nce penzà.
'Na figura bella faje!
Chella, 'o vvide? Te cuffeja,
Cu chill'uocchio ca zenneja
Nun te fa cchiù repassà.

Tuppe-ttu! Ma chesta storia
Core mio addà fernì.
Cu 'nu No, o 'nu bello Sì
Tu fernisce 'e 'ntartaglià.



Thump thump my heart beats
Between the hope and the fear,
It decides to risk,
Then it stops… And doesn't dare to do it!
Then it moans that it dies,
It never speaks clearly,
It wants to say and then… nothing!…
Mumbles and doesn't dare to do it!…

Thump thump! But this story
My heart has to end it.
With "No" or good "Yes"
You finally stop to mumble.

How do you want her understanding,
My heart, if you cheat yourself?
If you don't clear up this mess,
Another will come to do it.
Another will come! And it's clear,
He will do it without indecision,
Two words are enough for him to approach her,
You are left only to contemplate!

Thump thump! But this story
My heart has to end it.
With "No" or good "Yes"
You finally stop to mumble.

Thump thump! You stand still,
You have to decide once.
Time goes by, the world changes,
You get older to think of it.
Make a good impression!
Do you see it? She laughs at you,
With her wink she teases you,
You don't dare to approach her again.

Thump thump! But this story
My heart has to end it.
With "No" or good "Yes"
You finally stop to mumble.

translated by Natalia Chernega