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Il testamento di Tito (English translation)

  • Artist: Fabrizio De André
  • Song: Il testamento di Tito 14 translations
  • Translations: Croatian, English #1, #2, #3, Finnish, French, German #1, #2, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Sicilian, Spanish
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Tito's last Will

Versions: #1#2#3
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me", often made me think
different folks who came from the east said that it was the same
They worshipped someone other than you and they did not hurt me
They worshipped someone other than you and they did not hurt me
 
Do Not take the name of the Lord in vain
With a knife stuck in my back I screamed His name in pain
but maybe he was tired, maybe he was too busy and He did not listen to my pain
but maybe he was tired, maybe too far away, really I named His name in vain
 
Honor your father and honor your mother and honor their beating stick
kiss the hand that broke your nose because you begged for a mouthful of food
when my father's heart stopped, I did not feel any pain
when my father's heart stopped, I did not feel any pain
 
Remember to observe the Sabbath, easy for us thieves
Breaking into temples, spewing psalms of slaves and their masters
without being tied to the altar, slaughtered like animals
without being tied to the altar, slaughtered like animals
 
The fifth says "you must not steal" and perhaps it's one I have observed
Stealing from the pockets of those that already had stolen from others
but I, a lawless thief, I stole in my name; they stole in God's name
but I, a lawless thief, I stole in my name; they stole in God's name
 
You shall not commit impure acts, do not disperse the seed
impregnate your woman each time you make love to her, and you'll be a man of faith
then the passion fades but the child remains and so many hunger kills
I may have confused pleasure and love, but I didn't create pain
 
The seventh said, "thou shalt not kill if you want to be worthy of heaven"
look at it today, this law of God, three time nailed to the cross
Look at the end of that Nazarene and a thief doesn't die any less
Look at the end of that Nazarene and a thief doesn't die any less
 
Do not bear false witness and help them to kill a man
They know Divine right by heart but they always forget forgiveness
I perjured the name of God and I perjured my honor but I feel no pain
I perjured the name of God and I perjured my honor but I feel no pain
 
Thou shalt not covet the property of others, don't desire their woman
tell that to the few, ask the lucky ones who have a woman and some wealth
In other men beds, still warm from their love I felt no pain
the envy of yesterday is not over yet, tonight I envy your life
 
But now that night comes and darkness takes the pain away from my eyes
and the sun sets beyond the dunes to rape other nights
I watch this man's dying, and Mother I feel pain
With compassion uncontaminated by hatred, mother I learned to love
 
Submitted by cconticconti on Wed, 18/05/2011 - 03:19
Last edited by phantasmagoriaphantasmagoria on Sun, 09/07/2017 - 16:39
Author's comments:

I took the existing automated translation and I tried to give it more of the actual meaning. It's not as literal but I hope it conveys the feel of the words better.

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Il testamento di Tito

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phantasmagoriaphantasmagoria    Sun, 09/07/2017 - 16:40

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