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Finiculi, Finicula

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Finiculi, Finicula was written in 1880 by Peppino Turco with music composed by Luigi Denza.  The song celebrated the first funicular railway, or cable railway, on Mount Vesuvius.  The song expresses the joy of traveling in an exhilarating manner, "to the sky"!

The Duquesne Incline ascending Pittsburgh's Mount Washington, US.
Duquesne Incline Railway climbing Mount Washington in Pittsburgh.
 

Original Neapolitan Lyrics English Lyrics

Aieressera, oi' ne', me ne sagliette,
tu saie addo'?
Addo' 'stu core 'ngrato cchiu' dispietto farme nun po'!
Addo' lo fuoco coce, ma si fuie
te lassa sta!
E nun te corre appriesso, nun te struie, 'ncielo a guarda'!...
Jammo 'ncoppa, jammo ja',
funiculi', funicula'!

Ne'... jammo da la terra a la montagna! no passo nc'e'!
Se vede Francia, Proceta e la Spagna...
Io veco a tte!
Tirato co la fune, ditto 'nfatto,
'ncielo se va..
Se va comm' 'a lu viento a l'intrasatto, gue', saglie sa'!
Jammo 'ncoppa, jammo ja',
funiculi', funicula'!

Se n' 'e' sagliuta, oi' ne', se n' 'e' sagliuta la capa giÓ!
E' gghiuta, po' e' turnata, po' e' venuta...
sta sempe cca'!
La capa vota, vota, attuorno, attuorno,
attuorno a tte!
Sto core canta sempe
nu taluorno
Sposammo, oi' ne'!
Jammo 'ncoppa, jammo ja',
funiculi', funicula'!

Do you know where I got on, yesterday evening, baby?
Where this ungrateful heart can't be spiteful to me more!
Where the fire burns, but if you
run away it let you go!
And it doesn't run after you,
doesn't tire you, looking at sky!...
Let go on, let go, let go,
funiculi', funicula'!

We go from the ground to the
mountain, baby! Without walking!
You can see France, Procida and
Spain...
 I see you!
Pulled by a rope, no sooner said
than done, we go to the skies..
We go like the wind all of a sudden, go up, go up!
Let go on, let go, let go,
funiculi', funicula'!

The head has already got on,
baby, got on!
It has gone, then returned, then
come...
It is still here!
The head turns, turns, around,
around,
around you!
This heart always sings one of these days Get married to me, baby!
Let go on, let go, let go,
funiculi', funicula'!

Lyrics and song information found at Wikipedia.org Picture used with permission.

 
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