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Che t'aggi' 'a dì?


Museca: Evemero Nardella,

Vierze: Corrado Della Gatta.

Anno: 1938

What must I tell you?


Music: Evemero Nardella,

Lyrics: Corrado Della Gatta.

Year: 1938


Stasera nun m'hê ditto 'na parola.
È overo ca tte sì stancata 'e mme?
P' 'a strada tu cammine sola sola
E i' vengo comm'a 'n'ombra appriesso a tte.

Che t'aggi' 'a dì,
Si 'n'ato ammore dint'a ll'uocchie tiene?
Che t'aggi' 'a dì,
Si nun me pienze
E nun me vuò cchiù bbene?

Che t'aggi' 'a dì?
'O mmale ca me faje,
Tu stessa nun 'o ssaje,
Ma 'o ssape chistu core ca more senza 'e tte!

'O primmo suonno, che malincunia!
'Stu suonno d'oro ll'hê distrutto tu.
E famme 'n'atu ppoco cumpagnia,
Chi sà, dimane, si te veco cchiù…

Che t'aggi' 'a dì,
Si 'n'ato ammore dint'a ll'uocchie tiene?
Che t'aggi' 'a dì,
Si nun me pienze
E nun me vuò cchiù bbene?

Che t'aggi' 'a dì?
'O mmale ca me faje,
Tu stessa nun 'o ssaje,
Ma 'o ssape chistu core ca more senza 'e tte!



This evening you don't tell me any word.
Is it true that you are tired of me?
On the street you walk all alone
And I go beside you like a shadow.

What must I tell you,
If you have another love in your eyes?
What must I tell you,
If you don't think of me
And don't love me anymore?

What must I tell you?
The pain that you give to me,
You don't know it yourself,
But my heart knows it that dies without you!

The first dream, what a melancholy!
This golden dream, you have ruined it.
And let me keep your company once more,
Who knows, tomorrow, if I see you again…

What must I tell you,
If you have another love in your eyes?
What must I tell you,
If you don't think of me
And don't love me anymore?

What must I tell you?
The pain that you give to me,
You don't know it yourself,
But my heart knows it that dies without you!

translated by Natalia Chernega