Saturday, April 26, 2008

One Morning I Woke Up, And I Found The Invader...

Well, yesterday was Festa della Liberazione in Italy, which celebrates the liberation from the Nazis late in WWII, but is particularly a day in which the anti-Nazi partisans are remembered. So, I would be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to plaster up the following video:



If there's an Italian folk band out there that has not recorded some form of that song, I haven't heard of them.

And, here are the lyrics ("bella ciao", incidentally, just means "goodbye, beautiful")

Una mattina mi son svegliato
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
Una mattina mi son svegliato
Eo ho trovato l'invasor

One morning I woke up
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
One morning I woke up
And I found the invader

O partigiano porta mi via
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
O partigiano porta mi via
Che mi sento di morir

Oh partisan, carry me away,
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
Oh partisan, carry me away,
For I feel I'm dying

E se io muoio da partigiano
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
E se io muoio da partigiano
Tu mi devi seppellir

And if I die as a partisan
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
And if I die as a partisan
You have to bury me

Mi seppellire lassù in montagna
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
Mi seppellire lassù in montagna
Sotto l'ombra di un bel fiore

Bury me up in the mountain
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao,
But bury me up in the mountain
Under the shadow of a beautiful flower

E le genti che passeranno
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
E le genti che passeranno
Mi diranno: "Che bel fior"

And the people who will pass by
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao,
And the people who will pass by
Will say to me: "what a beautiful flower"

È questo il fiore del partigiano
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
È questo il fiore del partigiano
Morto per la libertà

This is the flower of the partisan
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
This is the flower of the partisan
Who died for freedom

4 comments:

Crimson Rambler said...

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!

Chorus said...

Very excellent indeed, and also gets the Mama Cat meowing at the computer seal of approval.

Stealthy Dachshund said...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=aAH5NwX0uGs

Now HERE's multiculturalism

Chunklets said...

That's a great version of that song!