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Musica proibita

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ogni sera di sotto al mio balcone
Sento cantar una canzone d'amore,
Più volte la ripete un bel garzone
E battere mi sento forte il core.

Oh quanto è dolce quella melodia!
Oh com' è bella, quanto m' è gradita!

Ch'io la canti non vuol la mamma mia:
Vorrei saper perché me l'ha proibita?
Ella non c'è  ed io la vo' cantare
La frase che m'ha fatto palpitare:

Vorrei baciare i tuoi capelli neri,
Le labbra tue e gli occhi tuoi severi,
Vorrei morir con te, angel di Dio,
O bella innamorata tesor mio.

Qui sotto il vidi ieri a passeggiare,
E lo sentiva al solito cantar:

Vorrei baciare i tuoi capelli neri,
Le labbra tue e gli occhi tuoi severi!
Stringimi, o cara, stringimi al tuo core,
Fammi provar l'ebbrezza dell'amor.

Translation(s): ENG SPA

Submitted by Antonio Giuliano


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Antonio Giuliano) , title 1: "Prohibited music", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * SPA Spanish (EspaƱol) (Danilo Serrano) , title 1: "Música prohibida", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Notes about what "text verified" means can be found here.

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Prohibited music

Language: English

Underneath my balcony every evening
I hear a love-song,
Repeated several times be a handsome young man
And it makes my heart beat faster.
O how sweet is that melody!
O how pretty, how I love to hear it!
My mother will not let me sing it,
Though why she would forbid me, I don't know.
Now that she is out I am going to sing
The song that I found so exciting.

I'd like to kiss your raven hair,
Your lips and your solemn eyes;
I would want to die with you, O heavenly angel,
My beautiful beloved, precious jewel.

Yesterday I saw him walking by,
And heard him sing as he always does:
I'd like to kiss your raven hair,
Your lips and your solemn eyes!
Clasp me, darling, clasp me to your heart,
Let me feel the ecstasy of love!

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    * Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © by Antonio Giuliano <antoniogiuliano (DOT) usarmytenor (AT) gmail (DOT) com>, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol © and the URL

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