Starry Night (the Swan) [ Notte stellata (The Swan) ]

English translation

Starry Night (the Swan)

Starry night (the Swan)
Look what a lake, what a moon is there
The stars in the sky shine for us
In this bewitched night
My serenade - I will sing for you (1)
How much I love you - you don't know it
Inside my thoughts - you are alone
Next to you - I will always be
I will search for you among the people
How much I love you - now you know it
Inside your thoughts
- I will always be
Look what a starry night
Of love for us
I love you, you know
You already love me
Look what a starry night
Of love for us
I love you, you know, you love me,
Submitted by Guest on Sun, 24/07/2011 - 21:43
Added in reply to request by
Author's comments:

(1) The italian text is rich of inverted constructions, whose direct english translation could seem clumsy (see comment); since I wanted to keep them anyway, I have added a - mark which detached the prepositions, to give someway a pause, as if the second part could sound as a "explanation". I hope it could pass enough poetic.


Notte stellata (The Swan)

Comments    July 25th, 2011

Regular smile I am very grateful for the translation and your explanation. Increases my understanding of the Italien version. Thanks a lot! Regular smile

581C    July 25th, 2011

You're welcome

Zoruma    July 28th, 2011

I love this group! absolutely out of this world!!can't wait for more music from them!!!

Berliner25    July 29th, 2011

The translation is fine, but the English comes out sounding like Yoda. For example:

Your translation: How much I love you, you don't know it / Inside my thoughts, alone you are
Better: You don't know how much I love you / You alone are in my thoughts.

jrengstorff12    April 16th, 2012

And the story of the Swan? Who knows it? Would you publish it please? The actual Swan story?

martyc35    June 20th, 2012

There is no "story" of the swan. The music was written by Camille Saint-Saens and is one section of a longer symphonic work called Carnival of the Animals. This piece was written to represent the graceful motions and demeanor of a swan and features solo oboe and other woodwinds and strings. Until recently, there were no lyrics to this music; but Il Volo's interpretation is truly lovely, and as young singers, they do a very good job with minor keys and difficult breathing. Thanks to their producers for bringing them to global attention!

sunstroke    July 25th, 2012

I never knew "The Swan" had lyrics till I heard Il Volo sing this song; I was shocked when I first played it because as a lover of classical music, I recognized the tune immediately. These lyrics complement the music beautifully. Thank you for the translation.