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  • Funiculì, Funiculà

    By Anna Di Masi Riggs

    Mount Vesuvius Funicular
    Mount Vesuvius funicular
    (year unknown)
    Funiculì, Funiculà is a Neapolitan song that dates back to 19th century. In 1880 a funicular was built to reach the top of Mount Vesuvius in Naples. A Funicular is a railroad car, like the one in Palm Springs, used to climb a mountain. It's operated by cable with ascending and descending cars to counterbalance each other. Lyricist Peppino Turco suggested to his friend Luigi Denza, who is a composer, to write a song as a joke to commemorate the first funicular on Mt. Vesuvius. The song compares his sweetheart to a volcano and invites her to join him in a romantic trip to the summit of Vesuvius. The funicular was later destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1944. What started as a joke, the song Funiculì, Funiculà has became famous all over the world and has since been recorded and adapted by many great artists.

    Neapolitan Lyrics English Translation
    Aissera, oje Nanniné, me ne sagliette,
    tu saje addó, tu saje addó
    Addó 'stu core 'ngrato cchiù dispietto
    farme nun pò! Farme nun pò!
    Addó lu fuoco coce, ma se fuje
    te lassa sta! Te lassa sta!
    E nun te corre appriesso, nun te struje
    sulo a guardà, sulo a guardà.

    (Coro)
    Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
    Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
    funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà,
    'ncoppa, jamme jà, funiculì, funiculà!

    Né, jamme da la terra a la montagna!
    Nu passo nc'è! Nu passo nc'è!
    Se vede Francia, Proceta e la Spagna...
    Io veco a tte! Io veco a tte!
    Tirato co la fune, ditto 'nfatto,
    'ncielo se va, 'ncielo se va.
    Se va comm' 'a lu viento a l'intrasatto,
    guè, saglie, sà! Guè, saglie, sà!

    (Coro)
    Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
    Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
    funiculì, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà,
    'ncoppa, jamme jà, funiculì, funiculà!

    Se n'è sagliuta, oje né, se n'è sagliuta,
    la capa già! La capa già!
    È gghiuta, po' è turnata, po' è venuta,
    sta sempe ccà! Sta sempe ccà!
    La capa vota, vota, attuorno, attuorno,
    attuorno a tte! Attuorno a tte!
    Stu core canta sempe nu taluorno:
    Sposamme, oje né! Sposamme, oje né!

    (Coro)
    Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
    Jamme, jamme 'ncoppa, jamme jà,
    funiculě, funiculà, funiculì, funiculà,
    'ncoppa, jamme jà, funiculì, funiculà!

    I climbed up high this evening, oh, Nanetta,
    Do you know where? Do you know where?
    Where this ungrateful heart
    No longer pains me! No longer pains me!
    Where fire burns, but if you run away,
    It lets you be, it lets you be!
    It doesn't follow after or torment you
    Just with a look, just with a look.

    (Chorus)
    Let's go, let's go! To the top we'll go!
    Let's go, let's go! To the top we'll go!
    Funiculi, funicula, funiculi, funicula!
    To the top we'll go, funiculi, funicula!

    Let's go from here below up to the mountain,
    A step away! A step away!
    You can see France, Procida, and Spain,
    And I see you! And I see you!
    You rise, pulled by a cable, quick as a wink,
    Into the sky! Into the sky!
    We'll rise up like a whirlwind all of a sudden
    Knows how to do! Knows how to do!

    (Chorus)
    Let's go, let's go! To the top we'll go!
    Let's go, let's go! To the top we'll go!
    Funiculi, funicula, funiculi, funicula!
    To the top we'll go, funiculi, funicula!

    The car has climbed up high, see, climbed up high now,
    Right to the top! Right to the top!
    It went, and turned around, and came back down,
    And now it's stopped! And now it's stopped!
    The top is turning round, and round, and round,
    Around yourself! Around yourself!
    My heart is singing the same refrain:
    We should be wed! We should be wed!

    (Chorus)
    Let's go, let's go! To the top we'll go!
    Let's go, let's go! To the top we'll go!
    Funiculi, funicula, funiculi, funicula!
    To the top we'll go, funiculi, funicula!

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