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Old 04-03-07, 01:42 AM   #1
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We learned this while we were in Italy. Here are the Italian lyrics

Funiculi - Funicula

Stasera, Nina mia, sono montato
Te lo diro`?
Cola`, dove dispetti un cor ingrato
Piu` far non puo`.
Cola`, cocente e` il foco, ma, se fuggi,
Ti lascia star,
E non ti corre appresso e non ti struggi
A riguardar.
Lesti! Lesti! via, montiam su la`!
Lesti! Lesti! via, montiam su la`!
Funiculi funicula`, funiculi funicula`,
Via, montiam su la`, funiculi funicula`.

Montiamo-dalla terra alla montagna
Un passo c'e`;
Si vede Francia, Procida, la Spagna
E io veggo te.
Tirate con le funi - e` detto fatto
In ciel si va;
Si va siccome il vento, a volo, a scatto
E siam gia` la!
Lesti! Lesti! via, montiam su la`!
Lesti! Lesti! via, montiam su la`!
Funiculi funicula`, funiculi funicula`,
Via, montiam su la`, funiculi funicula`.

Ell'e` montata, il sai, lassu` montata
La testa e` gia`;
E` andata sino in cima e poi tornata
E` sempre qua!
La testa gira, gira intorno, intorno,
Intorno a te
E il core canta, come il primo giorno,
Ti sposa a me!
Lesti! Lesti! via, montiam su la`!
Lesti! Lesti! via, montiam su la`!
Funiculi funicula`, funiculi funicula`,
Via, montiam su la`, funiculi funicula`


and here are the English lyrics.

Funiculi - Funicula

Some think the world is made for fun and frolic,
And so do I!
Some think it well to be all melancholic,
To pine and sigh;
But I, I love to spend my time in singing
Some joyous song;
To set the air with music bravely ringing
Is far from wrong!
Listen! Listen! echoes sound afar!
Listen! Listen! echoes sound afar!
Funiculi funicula`, funiculi funicula`,
Echoes sound afar! funiculi, funicula`.

Some think it wrong to set the feet a-dancing,
But not so I;
Some think that eyes should keep from coyly glancing
Upon the sly!
But oh! to me the mazy dance is charming,
Divinely sweet,
And surely there is nought that is alarming
In nimble feet?
Listen! Listen! music sounds afar!
Listen! Listen! music sounds afar!
Funiculi funicula`, funiculi funicula`,
Music sounds afar! funiculi, funicula`.

Ah me! 'tis strange that some should take to sighing,
And like it well;
For me, I have not thought it worth the trying,
So cannot tell!
With laugh and dance and song the day soon passes,
Full soon is gone,
For mirth was made for joyous lads and lasses
To call their own!
Listen! Listen! hark! the soft guitar!
Listen! Listen! hark! the soft guitar!
Funiculi funicula`, funiculi funicula`,
Hark! the soft guitar! funiculi funicula`.

Personally I think it sounds better in Italian but thats just me :D
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cool.. wish i could hear both versions... then i could make my mind up on which i prefer



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I just love the way it flows in italian. In english its just doesnt flow as well. like the words just seem out of place when its translated into english.
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This is a great Neapolitan song, which has the Italian version of the lyrics listed nicely here (The Italian sounds pretty different from the original Neapolitan). The English lyrics listed below are an entirely different version and are not at all a direct translation, as it's talking about guitars, echoes from afar, etc. (pretty, but NOTHING to do with the original song)

To be precise, "Lesti, lesti via montiam su la" means "Let's go, let's go to the top of the mountain." A 'funiculare' was a train equipped with a toothed gear mechanism, especially designed to climb a steep mountainside, which is apparently the way they're going to get to the top.

Still,the spirit of 'surmounting' and forgetting a vexing past, is present in all versions.
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