Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nuvole barocche:
   E fu la notte - And It Was Nighttime

E fu la notte
la notte per noi
notte profonda
sul nostro amore.

E fu la fine
di tutto per noi
resta il passato
e niente di più.

Ma se ti dico:
"non t'amo più"
sono sicuro
di non dire il vero.

E fu la notte
la notte per noi
buio e silenzio
son scesi su noi.

E fu la notte
la notte per noi
buio e silenzio
son scesi su noi.

E fu la notte © 1961 Franco Franchi/Carlo Cesare Stanisci/Arrigo Amadesi

"E fu la notte" was the B side of the first 45 released by the Karim label, in 1961. Given the power of De André's lyric writing throughout his career, the banality of the lyrics provided for him on this song, combined with the sappy, retro '50s sound of this recording, are quite the contrast to his subsequent work. One can see why he disowned these earliest tunes, entertaining as they might be as historical footnotes, which marked his first steps into being a recording artist.



And it was nighttime,
the nighttime for us,
deep night
on our love.

And it was the end
of everything for us,
the past remained
and nothing more.

But if I tell you,
“I don’t love you anymore,”
I am sure
to not be telling the truth.

And it was nighttime,
the nighttime for us.
Darkness and silence
descended on us.

And it was nighttime,
the nighttime for us.
Darkness and silence
descended on us.

English translation © 2014 Dennis Criteser


Nuvole barocche, released in 1969, is a collection of De André singles released between 1961 and 1966.
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