Sinàn Capudàn Pascià (English translation)

  • Artist: Fabrizio De André
  • Song: Sinàn Capudàn Pascià 8 translations
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Sinan Kapudan Pasha

Versions: #1#2
Bandaged heads on the galley
Sabres are contending the moon
but mine has remained where it was
to avoid testing fate
 
In the middle of the sea
there's a round fish
which sinks into the depths
when seeing ugly women
 
In the middle of the sea
there's a puffer fish
that floats up to the surface
For the beautiful ones
 
And instead of my nineteen years
they took my pristine arms and legs.
Since then all I heard was the drum's song
and instead of work I had hard labor.
 
Row, you must row, prisoner
and push, push the oar down to your feet
Row, you must row, slacker
and pull, pull the oar up to your heart
 
And this is my story
and I want to pass it on
before my old age
crushes me in its mortar
 
And these are my memories
the memories of Cicala
who became in history books
"Sinan Kapudan Pasha"
 
And beneath the Big Dipper's rudder
with my face inside a thin wheat soup
The biting chill of a night
that chews you, spits you and bites again
 
And Bey sits down thinking about Mecca
believing a shoal is the Uri
I turn the rudder southwest for him
saving his life and his xebec
 
Love, my dear love,
bad luck is a vulture
that spins upon the head of the dumb
 
Love, my dear love,
bad luck is a dick
that flies down to the nearest asshole
 
And this is my story
and I want to pass it on
before my old age
crushes me in its mortar
 
And these are my memories
the memories of Cicala
who became in history books
"Sinan Kapudan Pasha"
 
And tell those who call me a renegade
that all wealth, silver and gold
Sinan left all that to shine in the sun
while just cursing Mohammad in place of the Lord
 
In the middle of the sea
there's a round fish
which sinks into the depths
when seeing ugly women
 
In the middle of the sea
there's a puffer fish
that floats up to the surface
for the beautiful ones
 
Submitted by LjLLjL on Mon, 21/11/2016 - 17:05
Author's comments:

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigalazade_Yusuf_Sinan_Pasha for the historical events this songs takes inspiration from.

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