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Viva l'Italia, Francesco De Gregori

A song of 1979, a troubled historical context: the tragedies of terrorism and organized crime, a nation that was still struggling to learn the rules of democracy rising from the ashes left by a dictatorship.
The song lists the many strengths and weaknesses of the "Bel Paese", from the darkest periods of its history, as the Fascist period, and the glorious Italian Resistance, to the disillusionment and myths of an easy well-being that was giving way to chronic unemployment and political corruption. The reference to 12 December reminds of the massacre of Piazza Fontana, December 12, 1969, a tragic example of the "strategy of tension".

Viva l'Italia, Francesco De Gregori

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Viva l'Italia,
l'Italia liberata,
l'Italia del valzer,
e l'Italia del caffè.
Long live Italy,
liberated Italy,
the Italy of waltz,
and the Italy of coffee.
 
L'Italia derubata
e colpita al cuore
viva l'Italia,
l'Italia che non muore.
Italy robbed
and struck to the heart
Long live Italy,
Italy that does not die.
 
Viva l'Italia,
presa a tradimento,
l'Italia assassinata
dai giornali e dal cemento,
Long live Italy,
taken by betrayal,
Italy murdered
by newspapers and by concrete,
 
l'Italia con gli occhi asciutti
nella notte scura,
viva l'Italia,
l'Italia che non ha paura.
Italy with dry eyes
in the dark night,
Long live Italy,
Italy that is not afraid.
 
Viva l'Italia,
l'Italia che è in mezzo al mare,
l'Italia dimenticata
e l'Italia da dimenticare,
Long live Italy,
Italy that is in the midst of the sea ,
Forgotten Italy
and Italy to forget,
 
l'Italia metà giardino
e metà galera,
viva l'Italia,
l'Italia tutta intera.
Italy half garden
and half jail,
Long live Italy,
Italy all of it.
 
Viva l'Italia,
l'Italia che lavora,
l'Italia che si dispera,
e l'Italia che si innamora,
Long live Italy,
Italy that works,
Italy that despairs,
and Italy that falls in love,
 
l'Italia metà dovere
e metà fortuna,
viva l'Italia,
l'Italia sulla luna.
Italy half duty
and half luck,
Long live Italy,
Italy on the moon.
 
Viva l'Italia,
l'Italia del 12 dicembre,
l'Italia con le bandiere,
l'Italia nuda come sempre,
Long live Italy,
the Italy of 12 December,
Italy with flags ,
Italy naked as always,
 
l'Italia con gli occhi aperti
nella notte triste,
viva l'Italia,
l'Italia che resiste.
Italy with open eyes
in the sad night,
Long live Italy,
Italy that resists.