Friday, November 1, 2013

Nuvole barocche:
   La canzone dell'amore perduto
   The Song of Love Lost

Ricordi, sbocciavan le viole
con le nostre parole
“Non ci lasceremo mai, mai
e poi mai”

Vorrei dirti ora le stesse cose
ma come fan presto, amore
ad appassire le rose
così per noi.

L'amore che strappa i capelli
è perduto ormai,
non resta che qualche svogliata carezza
e un po' di tenerezza.

E quando ti troverai in mano
quei fiori appassiti al sole
di un aprile ormai lontano,
li rimpiangerai.

Ma sarà la prima
che incontri per strada, che tu
coprirai d'oro per un bacio mai dato,
per un amore nuovo.

E sarà la prima
che incontri per strada, che tu
coprirai d'oro per un bacio mai dato,
per un amore nuovo.

La canzone dell'amore perduto © 1966 Fabrizio De André

"La canzone dell'amore perduto" was written when things were no longer going well between De André and his first wife "Puny" Rignon, though they continued to live together for a while. It's interesting that De André wrote this break-up song from the woman's point of view. The song was extremely popular and was covered by many other Italian artists. The music is from Georg Philipp Telemann (Adagio from "Concerto in D Major for trumpet, strings and basso continuo").


Remember? The violets used to bloom
along with our words -
“We’ll never, ever leave each other,
never.”

I’d like to say the same things to you now,
but how quickly, love,
the roses fade,
just like the two of us.

The love that drove us to our wits’ ends
is now lost,
nothing remains but some limp caresses
and a tiny bit of tenderness.

And when you find yourself
with those wilted flowers in hand,
withered in the sun of a now-distant April,
you’ll be filled with regret.

But there will be that first woman
you meet out on the street whom you’ll
cover in gold, for a kiss never given,
for a new love.

And there will be that first one
that you meet on the streets whom you’ll
cover in gold, for a kiss never given,
for a new love.

English translation © 2014 Dennis Criteser


Nuvole barocche, released in 1969, is a collection of De André singles on the Karim label from 1961-1966.
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