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Camicia Rossa

This patriotic song was widespread already in the days immediately following the Expedition of Garibaldi to Sicily and the South.
Camicia Rossa
the first known edition is dated 1860, but being passed on flyers it suffered many changes and other quatrains were added. The song continued to be sung during the Resistance (1943-1945) by the Garibaldi Brigades. The lyrics were composed by a Piedmontese secretary, Rocco Traversa, the music by a Milanese musician, Luigi Pantaleoni.
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Quando all'appello di Garibaldi
tutti i suoi figli suoi figli baldi
daranno uniti fuoco alla mina
camicia rossa garibaldina
daranno uniti fuoco alla mina
camicia rossa garibaldina.
When at Garibaldi's call
all his children his valiant children
united will set fire to the mines
o red Garibaldian shirt
united will set fire to the mines
o red Garibaldian shirt
 
E tu ti svegliasti col sol d'aprile
e dimostravi che non sei vile
per questo appunto mi sei più cara
camicia rossa camicia rara
e poi per questo appunto mi sei più cara
camicia rossa camicia rara.
And you woke up with the April sun
and proved you were not coward
That's why you are dearer to me
you rare red shirt
That's why you are dearer to me
you rare red shirt.
 
E porti l'impronta di mia ferita
sei tutta lacera tutta scucita
per questo appunto mi sei più cara
camicia rossa camicia rara
per questo appunto mi sei più cara
camicia rossa camicia rara.
And bear the imprint of my wound
You're all torn, all unstitched
That's why you are dearer to me
you rare red shirt
That's why you are dearer to me
you rare red shirt.
 
Fin dall'istante che ti indossai
le braccia d'oro ti ricamai
quando a Milazzo passai sergente
camicia rossa camicia ardente
quando a Milazzo passai sergente
camicia rossa camicia ardente.
From the moment I put you on
the arms I embroidered in gold
when at Milazzo I became a sergeant
O red shirt flaming shirt
when at Milazzo I became a sergeant
O red shirt flaming shirt
 
Lodi la gloria dell'ardimento
il tuo colore mette spavento
Venezia e Roma poi nella fossa
cadremo assieme camicia rossa
Venezia e Roma poi nella fossa
cadremo assieme camicia rossa.
You praise the glory of courage
your color frightens
Venice and Rome then into the pit
we'll fall together o red shirt
Venice and Rome then into the pit
we'll fall together o red shirt.