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La sposa me

Saltarello This serenade is a typical tradition of Marche and northern Abruzzo, an important moment in wedding rites, usually accompanied by a "saltarello" dance.

Some evenings before the wedding, the would-be bridegroom, accompanied by men with musical instruments, comes to the door of the bride's house, and invites her to appear. At her house the father must offer food and drinks, and there is dancing and singing till late, to the music of the accordion, "tammorra" (tambourin), banjo, guitar, bass. The "saltarello" (also "saltarella") is a typical dance of central Italy, performed in pairs, mostly mixed, but also same-sex couples. It was common for the female to have a handkerchief in one hand, which was a connection between the dancers.

Below in the performance of the Roby Santini group. Roby was born in Lanciano on 18 June 1971. For more on the DJ / singer see the Roby Santini (aka RSDJ) official website.

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0:20
Affacciati mia bella innamorata
son qui per te a cantar la serenata
regalami qualcosa da guardare
ti prego dai non farmi più aspettar!
Come to the window my beautiful beloved
I am here for you to sing a serenade
give me something to look at
please come on don't let me wait any more!
0:40
E famme vedè la vocche,
quant'è bbelle la vocca te
E famme vedè 'na recchia,
quant'è bbelle la recchia te
E famme vedè 'na spalla,
quant'è bbelle la spalla te
E famme vedè caccose,
quant'è bbelle la sposa me!
And let me see your mouth,
How beautiful your mouth is
And let me see an ear,
How beautiful your ear is
And let me see a shoulder,
How beautiful your shoulder is
And let me see something,
How beautiful my bride is!
1:00
Mare mare me,
quant'è belle la sposa me! (x4)
Sea, o my sea
how beautiful my bride is!
1:20
Te facce vedè la dote,
no la dote 'ne voje vede
Te facce vedè la casa,
no la casa 'ne voje vedè
Te facce vedè la vigna,
no la vigna 'ne voje vede
Ma chi t'heja fa vede,
quant'è matte lu spose me!
I'll let you see the dowry
No the dowry I don't want to see
I'll let you see the house
No the house I don't want to see
I'll let you see the vineyard,
No the vineyard I don't want to see
But what shall I let you see,
How crazy my bridegroom is!
1:30
Mare mare me,
quant'è matte lu spose me! (x4)
Sea, o my sea
How crazy my bridegroom is!
1:52
E famme vedè lu pette,
quant'è bbell lu pette te
E famme vedè 'na cosse,
quant'è bbell la cosse te
E famme vedè 'nu fianghe,
quant'è bbell lu fianghe te
E famme vedè la mosse,
quant'è bbelle la sposa me!
And let me see the breast,
How beautiful your breast is
And let me see a leg,
How beautiful your leg is
And let me see a hip,
How beautiful your hip is
And let me see the movement,
how beautiful my bride is!
2:04
Mare mare me,
quant'è bbelle la sposa me! (x4)
Sea, o my sea
how beautiful my bride is!
2:25
Prime la vocche e dope na recchia,
dope la spalle e dope lu pette,
Fatte nu gire e famme vedè,
quant'è bbelle la sposa me
Prime lu pette e dope na cosse,
dope 'nu fianghe e dope la mosse
Fatte nu gire e famme vedè,
quant'è belle la sposa me!
First the mouth and then an ear,
then a shoulder and then the breast,
do a turn and let me see,
how beautiful my bride is.
First the breast and then a leg,
then a hip and then the movement,
do a turn and let me see,
how beautiful my bride is!
2:36
Mare mare me,
quant'è matte lu spose me! (x4)
Sea, o my sea
How crazy my bridegroom is!
2:50
Prime la vocche e dope na recchia,
dope na spalle e dope lu pette,
Fatte nu gire e famme vedè,
quant'è belle la sposa me
Prime lu pette e dope la cosse,
dope nu fianghe e dope la mosse
Fatte nu gire e famme vedè, [e mo?]
s'è 'mmalate la sposa me!
First the mouth and then an ear,
then a shoulder and then the breast,
do a turn and let me see,
how beautiful my bride is.
First the breast and then a leg,
then a hip and then the movement,
do a turn and let me see, [and now?]
she got sick, my bride!
3:05
Mare mare me,
s'è 'mmalate la sposa me! (x4)
Sea, o my sea
she got sick, my bride!
3:18
Mare mare me,
quant'è bbelle la sposa me! (x8)
Sea, o my sea
how beautiful my bride is!