Translation © by Camilla Bugge

La conocchia
Language: Italian - Neapolitan (dialect) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Quann'a lo bello mio voglio parlare,
ca spisso me ne vene lu golio,
a la fenesta me mett'a filare,
quann'a lo bello mio voglio parlare

Quann'isso passa po' rompo lo filo,
e co'una grazia me mett'a priare
bello, peccarita, proite milo,
isso lu piglia, ed io lo sto a guardare,
e accossi me ne vao'mpilo mpilo
ah jeme!


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  • ENG English (Camilla Bugge) , "The drop spindle", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-27
Line count: 10
Word count: 58

The drop spindle
Language: English  after the Italian - Neapolitan (dialect) 
When I want to speak to the one I love,
because often I want to do that,
I sit down spinning at my window
when I want to speak to the one I love

When he passes by I break the thread a bit1
and with grace begins to ask
handsome one, please get it back to me
he bends down and I stand watching him
and so is lit in me a fire (which will burn)

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1 Translator's note: [so the spindle falls into the street]


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This text was added to the website: 2007-10-27
Line count: 10
Word count: 78