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Cantu di lu carritteri

(Song of a carter)




Sicilian folk song



Gian Campione
(1946 - 2005)
sings






Lu focu di la pagghia pocu dura,
Quantu l'amuri di la munzignara.
L'amuri tò durau menu d'un'ura,
Vampata capricciusa di magara.

L'occhiu amurusu miu ti vitti chiara,
Surgiva d'acqua cristallina e pura,
Ma inveci eri limazzu di ciumara,
Eri lu stagnu di la fugnatura.

Stannu sunannu a mortu li campani.
Ora c'assassinasti lu mè amuri,
Lu suli s'oscurò, nun c'è dumani
Pi 'stu mè cori chinu di duluri.

Li lupi si stanaru di li tani
Stannu sfussannu tombi e sipulturi,
Cercanu crozzi 'i mali cristiani
Pi daritilli a tia 'n canciu di ciuri.




The flame in the straw burns a little,
Like love of a deceitful woman.
Your love was lasting less of an hour,
A flare of a capricious termagant.

My loving eyes saw you as light,
As a spring of clear and crystal water,
But you, instead, you were a muddy river,
You were like a swamp of sewage.

The bells are ringing to death.
Now when you've killed my love,
The sun gets dark, tomorrow will not come
For my heart, full of pain.

The wolves have left their burrows,
They dig graves and tombs,
They search for skulls of bad christians
To give them to you in place of flowers.