Sfardo Lyrics

Di cu si

Indians are coming

They’re too many, can’t even count them

We cannot stay here

We’ve got to get away!

You need to swing and push a little

For me this bed is a vessel

We cannot stay here

Let’s get away from here too!

Whose is it, whose is this nose right here?

And whose are you?

If the angry come

And if the false come too

You go and hide behind your mom

Behind mommy’s leg

And clap your hands, you clap and clap and clap

If you clap your hands daddy comes

And if you clap your hands

Spiderman comes too!

Whose are you, you cutie, whose are you?

And whose is this nose right here?

Whose are these eyes right here?

Whose are these hands right here?

Whose are these feet right here?

I’m going to bite them1

And if you clap your hands

I’m coming too

I’ll bring my guitar and teach you how to play it

But first you should learn

How to count: one, two, three

One, two, three

One, two, three

Four, five, six, seven, eight

“Tappete, tippete and a cookie!”2


 

Wild Rosalia

Twenty nights and twenty days now

I’ve been riding to come and kiss you

If it had been for you, if it had been for you

We’d have broken up!

In the darkest tavern

All the meanest flatter you

I think about you, then I think about me

O Rosalia!

Wild wild wild Rosalia

Now it’s a month I’ve been yelling for you

Wild wild wild Rosalia

You are wild just like me

Under the most annoying sun

When the moon is a hole and I see devils everywhere

I think about you, I super-think about you

O Rosalia!

When you shot me, sangu miu3

I caught a red fever

Deep into my bones

It’s rubella4!

Wild wild wild wild Rosalia!

I’ve been long here gathering these flowers for you!

Wild wild wild wild Rosalia

Banging my head on the wall and drinking sangria

Wild wild wild Rosalia

Without you

I start falling out

Wild wild wild Rosalia, Rosalia

I want you, I want only you

Kiss me once more, just once, come on!

Wild wild wild Rosalia

Without me

Who doesn’t enjoy it?


 

Granni granni

Up there I built my hut, it’s full

Of all my hazy kisses

Of all my hair and my spiders

With holes, so they can breathe!

My hut is really huge

Is really huge but

Nobody ever comes

Don’t dash off

We have to go soon

Don’t you worry about it

I will lead you myself

Don’t ever be afraid

There ain’t no snakes

And don’t you put make-up on

You’re cute the way you are

This way, we’ll never leave

My hut is made with clothespins

It’s full of milk-teeth and broken nails

I put there my first bicycle

It’s full of signs of the cross and confetti

Wooden spoons, it’s deep in the night

In my hut there are many other huts

It’s really huge, it’s really huge but…

Inside it’s full of ledges!

Bring a bunch of stones

To keep away the foes

Bring something to drink

You never know

We’ll hold each other there

Where I always used to play

I played with my brother

And there’s no more time to

Keep asking why

Keep asking where

Keep asking “how come?”

‘Cause in the end I never knew

I see everything really huge


 

In funn’o mare

You’re chasing me, you don’t chase me anymore

You’re doing everything yourself

In the middle of the street I stop for a moment

And I cry the sea but whose are these tears?

You’re chasing me, you’re chasing me, you two

I already know you, but him: is that me?

In the middle of the street I stop for a moment

And I cry the sea

But don’t these tears ever dry?

And I dream I fly

Among the stars

The red stars deep under the sea

And I dream I swim

Wouldn’t it be nice

To breathe deep under the sea?

You’re chasing me and I’m chasing you

In the desert of my indolence

The street is flooded and you are flooded too

But It’s me crying this sea

These tears are mine

And I’m crying to drown

Because these tears never dry

I drown and fall asleep

I sink like lead

Deep under the sea

And with my hollow eyes, filled with salt

I see the sky

And it’s like a sea over the sea

I drown and don’t you ever wake me up

If I lie down

Face up deep under the sea

And all the souls make a carnival

And invite me to sing

That’s how I want to die…5


 

Vuccirìa6

We used to run away already as kids

“All clear, green light!”

Hanging around down there, in the alleys

Barefeet on the ground, war in our heads

My mother fainting

And quivering

While I shot up with my hands on hips

Everybody chasing me like a Saint’s float.

“Blood of my vein’s blood,

If I catch you, I’ll break your back!”

My mother doesn’t know that I get drunk on Forst Beer7

And then I hop like a cricket,

A sardine, on my saddle

Tons of gel on my head,

I turn up rearing in the crowd

My mother wouldn’t understand, she can’t see me here

Looking for love in the middle of Garraffaello Square8.

Hunt! Hunt! The square

Is an animal, with hundreds of heads, hudreds of arms

At the street corner I bump into a couple of pals

My confusion ends and the Vuccirìa9 begins

Nobody here ever says anything

Nobody ever telling tales

In the morning I yell

At noon I yell

In the evening I yell

Night comes and I do Vuccirìa10

Drunken cats everywhere

One by one they fall like loquats

One of them slowly moves away to barf

And I see a white flower, a broodmare

So delicate, so neat

She says “scratch me”

Only with her eyes

I get off the scooter

And in my head I start a film and I’m the actor,

Actually, she and I naked, soaked in sweat,

We squeeze blackheads after making love

I take courage and say “Well,

Shall we get stuffed on beer until the day after tomorrow?”

I didn’t realize

That next to my love there was her man,

A knife in his hand so long I thought they were two,

One on top of the other, how cute!,

I take a peek and I see another one,

And another one, and another one…

If I apologized and beat it

Wouldn’t I get away with it?

But now I’m pissed

And I got my tetanus vaccine at Christmas

For a dog bite

And my ass doesn’t hurt anymore

I find a voice and I throw it upon the Vuccirìa

“Now let’s see who’s pulling back!”

Nobody here ever says anything

Nobody ever telling tales

In the morning I yell

At noon I yell

All my life I yell

Night comes and I do Vuccirìa

Who wet Vucciria’s balatas?11

It’s 4 against 1,

Coming thuggishly towards me

The crowd spreads out to watch

The square is the twist of a nostril, an altar

And the five of us are on the cutting board,

My temperature rises

At every step one of them takes,

They get nearer but I don’t step back

As if a whole hand closed on the thumb

Who was it that wet Vuccirìa’s balatas?

If I find out, I’ll hug him

And then kiss him

I’ll screw you all

Thanks to these slippery balatas, I’ll knock you down

Without even pushing you

So, listen to this, (there were 4 of them, no?):

The first slipped and second fell on him,

The third stabbed them

And banged his head on a balata,

The fourth tossed and turned,

He felt threatened and ran away!

Anyway

Among the crowd

Only my love and I were left, poor her!,

Scared for the rest of her life

Listen to her, she has no more words

She always tries to speak, but now she can only say:

“Stump staz stupurutaz..”


 

Rimmillu ru’ voti

When It’s hot and I feel cold

Come and wrap me with all your blankets

Help me find mine because I’ve lost them

And tell me that nothing happened

Tell me twice

When I puzzle over people

Come and sing to me a song with your voice

And let’s escape to a land with no crosses

And tell me that nothing can happen to us

Tell me twice

When I’m the meanest, you have to understand me

Because I’m too many things and I get upset

But you understand me, maybe too well

And tell me that nothing happened, but

Tell me twice

And tell me that nothing happened, ok

Tell me twice

When the sky falls and you can’t take it anymore

Because the sky falls to the ground and paints it all blue

I feel a bit ashamed, but come, you-know-where

Because I have to tell you something urgent

Nothing happened

Vita mia12, nothing happened


 

Es mi mai

You are so small, my little one

So that when you pass by at least one girl saddens

You are so small, my little one

So I can put you in a basket and stare at you

And I become as small as you

Make some room for both of us

In this basket and if

You close your eyes, I close mine too

It becomes an air balloon

And flies away…

Yeehaw! Yeehaw! Yeehaw!

Es mi mai, mi mai!

Look down there how small they are

They are just like you, they are just like you

They are just like…

They are just like me

If you look at them from up here

They are like so many ants

Do you think what I think too?

…Everybody, come up here!

Inside our balloon!

Yeehaw! Yeehaw! Yeehaw!

Es mi mai, mi mai!

I’m not coming back…


 

Sfardo

I don’t know anything

And always look at you

Night and day, day and night

I look at you

And I don’t know anything

I don’t have anything

But I keep on feeding you

My heart, this heart of mine

Is yours

You can chew it

But don’t go away, where do you go?

You open a crack deep in my soul

But don’t go away, where do you go?

Don’t tell me anything

Look, don’t look at me

I gasp and tear out my hair

I don’t want to spill this blood

And I feel nothing

I eat bland and drink salt

And I smell this scent of sky that

Makes me crazy

But don’t go away, where do you go?

You open a crack deep in my soul

What… don’t you know?

But don’t go away, where do you go?

Don’t you ever come back if you go away


 

Iccati sangu

Here on this side

I pray

That we will hug in the stars

Altogether there

At night I throw a voice13

To the other side

Why don’t you ever answer?

They never answer at all

If it doesn’t rain, this prayer is made of flames

Here on this side

I throw voices and I pray

Every night, every night, every night

I throw punches at the air

And I get tired twice

Why don’t you ever answer?

They never answer at all

If it doesn’t rain this prayer is made of flames

I pray some more and set you on fire

Go throw your blood away from here14

What are you looking at? I’ll set you on fire too

Go throw your blood away from here

Where do you think you’re going?

You haven’t got the guts to back off

It’s so warm in the winter

Here on this side

A light, it looks like August

What a shame for my hands!

It’s raining, from the sky it’s raining blood

I’m going to bathe

Go throw your blood away from here

What are you looking at? I’ll set you on fire too

Go throw your blood away from here

Where do you think you’re going?

You haven’t got the guts to back off


 

Un pisci rintr’a to panza

Mom, I have a crowd

Of fish in my head

The moon has turned off

Mom, can you turn it on for me?

At going away

I’ve always been the boldest

I’m just like this but this curse you know

You know it twice

When you were a child and played at being a mother

Did you expect two, four

Or three boys?

When morning is water

And I’m not awake yet

I feel a hand over my eyes

Mom, who could it be?

Time melts

And I go back swimming

A fish inside your belly

Me and you, a whole thing

Isn’t that amazing, mom?

When you were a child and played at being a mother

I don’t believe that you never wanted

A girl

When morning is water

And I’m not awake yet

I feel the stroke of that girl that

Was never born

A fever grabs me and melts me down

Millions of us swimming

A crowd of fish inside your belly

Then a moon lights up

By now I swim alone

This moon has swallowed only me

It tickles a little my thought

Of never having to be born

Of never having to suffer

Of never having to make you suffer

Of never having to die