by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)
Translation © by Antonio Zencovich

Old Black Joe
Language: English 
Available translation(s): ITA
Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay,
Gone are my friends from the cotton fields away,
Gone from the earth to a better land I know,
I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe."
CHORUS
 I'm coming, I'm coming, for my head is bending low:
 I hear those gentle voices calling, "Old Black Joe."

Why do I weep when my heart should feel no pain,
Why do I sigh that my friends come not again,
Grieving for forms now departed long ago?
I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe."
(CHORUS)

Where are the hearts once so happy and so free?
The children so dear that I held upon my knee,
Gone to the shore where my soul has longed to go,
I hear their gentle voices calling "Old Black Joe."
(CHORUS)

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  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Antonio Zencovich) , title 1: "Vecchio negro Joe", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: T. P. (Peter) Perrin

This text was added to the website: 2011-11-10
Line count: 17
Word count: 138

Vecchio negro Joe
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
Sono passati i giorni in cui il mio cuore era giovane e allegro,
sono andati via i miei amici dai campi di cotone,
partiti da questa terra verso un’altra migliore, lo so.
Sento le loro dolci voci chiamarmi: “Vieni, vecchio negro Joe!”
CORO:
 Vengo, vengo, perché il mio capo si sta chinando in giù.
 Sento quelle dolci voci chiamarmi: “Vieni, vecchio negro Joe!”

Perché piango, quando il mio cuore non dovrebbe provare pena,
perché sospiro, se i miei amici non tornano più,
addolorandomi per volti scomparsi da tanto?
Sento le loro dolci voci chiamarmi: “Vieni, vecchio negro Joe!”
(CORO)

Dove sono i cuori un tempo così felici e liberi?
I bambini tanto cari che tenevo sulle mie ginocchia,
fuggiti sulla riva dove la mia anima ha sempre desiderato di andare?
Sento le loro dolci voci chiamarmi: “Vieni, vecchio negro Joe!”
(CORO)

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  • Translation from English to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2014 by Antonio Zencovich, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-24
Line count: 17
Word count: 141