by Giovacchino Forzano (1884 - 1970)
Translation © by Linda Godry

O mio babbino caro
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
O mio babbino caro, mi piace è bello bello;
vo'andare in Porta Rosa a comperar l'anello!
Sì, sì, ci voglio andare!
E se l'amassi indarno, andrei sul Ponte Vecchio,
ma per buttarmi in Arno!
Mi struggo e mi tormento! O Dio, vorrei morir!
Babbo, pietà, pietà! Babbo, pietà, pietà!


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  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Oh, daddy dearest!", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Linda Godry

This text was added to the website: 2008-10-07
Line count: 7
Word count: 49

Oh, daddy dearest!
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Oh, daddy dearest, I love him so much, so much;
I want to go to Porte Rosa to buy the ring1!
Yes, yes that's where I want to go!
But if you don't let me, I will go to the Ponte Vecchio
to throw myself into the river Arno!
This torment tears me apart, Oh God, I want to die!
Daddy, have mercy, have mercy! Daddy, have mercy, have mercy!

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1 i.e., engagement ring.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-10-08
Line count: 7
Word count: 70