’O surdato ’nnammurato
’O surdato ’nnammurato is a famous song written in the Neapolitan language. The song is used as the anthem of S.S.C. Napoli.
The words were written by Aniello Califano and the music composed by Enrico Cannio in 1915. The song describes the sadness of a soldier who is fighting at the front during World War I, and who pines for his beloved. Originally Cannios sheet music was published with piano accompaniment, but in recordings, on 78rpm, then LP, Neapolitan standards such as O surdato have usually been orchestrated to suit each tenor.
1. LyricsStaje luntana da stu core e a te volo cu o penziero: niente voglio e niente spero ca tenerte sempe a ffianco a me! Si sicura e chistammore commi so sicuro e te. Oje vita, oje vita mia. oje core e chistu core. si stata o primmo ammore. e o primmo e llùrdemo sarraje pe me! Quanta notte nun te veco, nun te sento inta sti bbracce, nun te vaso chesta faccia, nun tastregno forte mbraccio a me? Ma, scetannome a sti suonne, mme faje chiagnere pe te. Oje vita
The Corrs when performing with Luciano Pavarotti used the following English lyrics for the second piece:So many nights without you without you in my arms I can kiss you, I can draw you close to me but wake up from your slumber you make me cry for you!
2. Notable performances and recordings
- Andrea Bocelli on "Incanto" 2008
- Vittorio Grigolo on "Arrivederci" 2011
- Franco Corelli on Passione. 1963
- Luciano Pavarotti on Favourite Neapolitan songs 1981
- Luciano Pavarotti duet with the Corrs. The middle verse is sung in English Video on YouTube
- Mario Lanza Mario! 1958
- Giuseppe di Stefano on Neapolitan Songs III 1965
- Anna Magnanis performance of the song, in the film La sciantosa 1971, is well known, as is the version of Massimo Ranieri.
- Sergio Franchi on Romantic Italian Songs. 1962 RCA Victor Red Seal album. Billboard Top 200 number seventeen