Ottocento (English translation)

  • Artist: Fabrizio De André
  • Song: Ottocento 4 translations
  • Translations: English, Finnish, French, Turkish

Ninetieenth Century

Sing to me of this time
the resentment and discontent
of those who are downwind
and do not want to hear the smell
of this motor
Which brings us ahead
almost everybody
males, females and singers
on a carpet of cash
in the blue sky.
 
Daughter of my family
you are the wonder
already mature and still pure
such as vegetables dad.
 
Son of the bold and beautiful,
bronze Versace,
son ever more capable
to play the stock market,
of rape in the race,
and you wife from the large mesh,
from the many cravings,
expert in antiquities,
I'll give you silver boxes.
 
Nineteenth century.
Twentieth century.
Fifteen hundred silver boxes
I'll give you the late eighteenth century.
 
How many spare parts,
how many wonders,
how many articles of exchange,
how many beautiful daughters to marry
and how many beautiful valves and pistons,
livers and lungs,
and how many beautiful marbles in rolling,
and how many good mullets in March
 
Son, son,
poor son,
You were beautiful, white and ruddy,
which concoction you lost in the canal,
son, son,
only mistake
drowned like a rabbit
to hurt me, stab me in the pride,
to me, to me
I treated you like a son,
poor me, tomorrow will be better.
 
Ein klein pinzimonie
wunder matrimonie
krauten und erbeeren
und patellen und arsellen
fischen Zanzibar
und einige krapfen
frùer vor schlafen
und erwachen mit walzer
und Alka-Seltzer fùr
dimenticar
 
(A small dip
wonderful marriage
cabbage and strawberries
and limpets and mussels
fished in Zanzibar
and some krapfen
before sleep
and waking up with a waltz
and an Alka-Seltzer to
forget.)
 
How many spare parts,
how many wonders,
how many exchange items
how many beautiful girls from the game, then
and how many beautiful valves and pistons,
livers and lungs,
and how many beautiful marbles in rotolar,
and how many good mullets in March
 
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