Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tutti morimmo a stento:
   Primo intermezzo - First Interlude

Gli arcobaleni d'altri mondi
hanno colori che non so
lungo i ruscelli d'altri mondi
nascono fiori che non ho.

Gli arcobaleni d'altri mondi
hanno colori che non so
lungo i ruscelli d'altri mondi
nascono fiori che non ho.

Primo intermezzo © 1968 Fabrizio De André/Gian Piero Reverberi

"Primo intermezzo" refers to addicts who inhabit a world far removed from reality.



The rainbows of other worlds
have colors I do not know.
Along the brooks of other worlds
grow flowers I do not have.

The rainbows of other worlds
have colors I do not know.
Along the brooks of other worlds
grow flowers I do not have.

English translation © 2014 Dennis Criteser


Tutti morimmo a stento, released in 1968, was one of the first concept albums in Italy. In De André's own words, the album "speaks of death, not of bubble gum death with little bones, but of psychological death, moral death, mental death, that a normal person can encounter during his lifetime." After the success of Volume I, De André was provided for this next album a cutting edge recording studio complete with an 80-member orchestra, directed by Gian Piero Reverberi, and a children's chorus. The whole project was under the direction of Gian Piero's brother Gian Franco Reverberi. This album also met with commercial success, becoming the highest selling album in Italy in 1968. In 1969 a version of the album was made with De André re-recording the vocals in English. The album was not officially released.
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