Chi cerca una bocca infedele
che sappia di fragola e miele
in lei la troverà
in lei la bacerà
Lei sa che ogni letto di sposa
è fatto di ortica e mimosa
per questo ad un'altra età
l'amore vero rimanderà
E intanto lei gioca all'amore
scherzando con gli occhi ed il cuore
di chi forse la odierà
ma poi la perdonerà
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
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 -
In her they will kiss them -
She knows that every marriage bed
is made of nettle and mimosa.
For this, until another age
will delay true love,
And meanwhile she plays at love,
joking with the eyes and the heart
of whoever will perhaps hate her,
but then will pardon her,
And the evening breeze invites her
to pick petals from a daisy
for every love that is gone.
another petal will bloom
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.
Fabrizio De André, the revered Italian singer/songwriter, created a deep and enduring body of work over the course of his career from the 1960s through the 1990s. With these translations I have tried to render his words into an English that reads naturally without straying too far from the Italian. The translations decipher De André's lyrics without trying to preserve rhyme schemes or to make the resulting English lyric work with the melody of the song.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
La canzone di Barbara - Barbara's Song
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