Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nuvole barocche:
   Nuvole barocche - Baroque Clouds

Poi un'altra giornata di luce
poi un altro di questi tramonti
e portali colonne fontane.

Tu mi hai insegnato a vivere
insegnami a partir.

Ma il cielo è tutto rosso
di nuvole barocche
sul fiume che si sciacqua
sotto l'ultimo sole.

E mentre soffio a soffio
le spinge lo scirocco
sussurra un altro invito
che dice di restare.

Poi carezze lusinghe abbandoni
poi quegli occhi di verde dolcezza
mille e una di queste promesse.

Tu mi hai insegnato il sogno
io voglio la realtà.

E mentre soffio a soffio
le spinge lo scirocco
sussurra un altro invito
che dice devi amare
che dice devi amare.

Nuvole barocche © 1961 Fabrizio De André/Gianni Lario/Carlo Stanisci

"Nuvole barocche" was the first song written by De André and was the A side of the first 45 released by the Karim label, in 1961. The song had been written in 1958 and had more the vocal style of "Volare" by Domenico Modugno, a song that had taken the world by storm also in 1958. Official credits aside, the lyrics of the song were co-written by De André and Gianni Cozzo (Giannilario), and the music was written by Umberto Bindi. The song is far from trademark De André, who wrote this song off, along with "Fu la notte," as retro "sins of youth."




"Volare," the smash hit of 1958 that probably indirectly influenced "Nuvole barocche."
Then another day of light,
then another of these sunsets,
and portals, columns, fountains.

You taught me to live,
teach me to leave.

But the sky is all red
with baroque clouds
over the river that rinses itself
under the setting sun.

And while breath by breath
the cool damp sirocco wind pushes them on,
it whispers another invitation
that says to stay.

Then caresses, lures, moments of abandon,
then those eyes of green sweetness,
a thousand and one of these promises.

You taught me the dream,
I want the reality.

And while breath by breath
the cool damp sirocco wind pushes them on,
it whispers another invitation
that says you must love,
that says you have to love.

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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