Saturday, December 7, 2013

Volume I:
   La canzone di Barbara - Barbara's Song

Chi cerca una bocca infedele
che sappia di fragola e miele
in lei la troverà
Barbara
in lei la bacerà
Barbara.

Lei sa che ogni letto di sposa
è fatto di ortica e mimosa
per questo ad un'altra età
Barbara
l'amore vero rimanderà
Barbara.

E intanto lei gioca all'amore
scherzando con gli occhi ed il cuore
di chi forse la odierà
Barbara
ma poi la perdonerà
Barbara.

E il vento di sera la invita
a sfogliare la sua margherita
per ogni amore che se ne va
lei lo sa
un altro petalo fiorirà
per Barbara.

La canzone di Barbara © 1967 Fabrizio De André/Gian Piero Reberberi

"La canzone di Barbara" was written perhaps with the thought of it being a follow-up to the very successful "La canzone di Marinella." But the song met with little success and was never included in De André's live performances. The song was dedicated to photographer Barbara Rombi Serra, who later took the cover photo for the second edition of La buona novella.

Whoever searches for unfaithful lips
that taste like strawberry and honey,
in her they will find them -
Barbara.
In her they will kiss them -
Barbara.

She knows that every marriage bed
is made of nettle and mimosa.
For this, until another age
Barbara
will delay true love,
Barbara.

And meanwhile she plays at love,
joking with the eyes and the heart
of whoever will perhaps hate her,
Barbara,
but then will pardon her,
Barbara.

And the evening breeze invites her
to pick petals from a daisy
for every love that is gone.
She knows
another petal will bloom
for Barbara.

English translation © 2014 Dennis Criteser



Volume I is De André’s first full studio album, released in 1967 on the Bluebell label. It was produced by Gian Piero Reverberi and Andrea Malcotti. Reverberi shares writing credits on the music of six of the songs.
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