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Maria Nicola

Maria Nicola chorusThis is a typical song of the area of Vasto, but many variants exist in Southern Italy. It can be accompanied by guitar, the chords are very simple, continually repeated, G major and D major. The meaning of the song is that a young girl has decided to cast away the traditional dark gowns and is wearing colourful skirts that attract attention, which the chorus say will bring shame on her and nobody will marry her.

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[repeat twice:]
Ti si fatte la 'onna roscie
da luntane z'aricanosce.
E pover'a te - Pover'a te
Maria Nico' - Maria Nico'
You got yourself a red skirt
From afar it can be seen
Poor you, poor you, Maria Nicola
[Refrain, repeat twice:]
Maria Nicola bella chi ti l'ha fatte fa'
si 'na bella giuvinette e ti putive marità.
Maria Nicola bella chi ti l'ha fatte fa'
si 'na bella giuvinette e ti putive marità.
O Beautiful Maria Nicola
Who made you do it
You are a nice girl and could have married
 
Ti si fatte la 'onna bianche
quanna camine fa 'ndinghe e 'ndanghe.
E pover'a te - Pover'a te
Maria Nico' - Maria Nico' [...]
You made yourself a white skirt
When you walk it makes ding-dong
 
Ti si fatte la 'onna gialle
a chilore di purti'alle.
E pover'a te - Pover'a te
Maria Nico' - Maria Nico' [...]
You got yourself a yellow skirt
the colour of oranges
 
Ti si fatte la 'onna viole
a chilore di li viole.
E pover'a te - Pover'a te
Maria Nico' - Maria Nico' [...]
You got yourself a purple skirt
the colour of violets