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Abballati abballati

A traditional song, known all over Sicily, recently recorded by tenor Roberto Alagna.

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Abballati abballati
fimmini schetti e maritati
e si 'nabballati boni
io nun vi canto e nun vi sonu
Dance, dance,
single and married women
and if you do not dance well
I will not sing nor play
 
Abballati abballati
omini schetti e maritati
e si 'nabballati boni
nun ve canto e nun ve sonu
Dance, dance,
single and married men
and if you do not dance well
I will not sing nor play
 
Sciù sciù sciù
quanti fimmini ca ci su
sciù sciù sciù
how many women there are
 
Ci n'è quattro scafazzati
ni facemu cui patati
ci n'è quattro ammacateddi
ni facemu cui piseddi.
There are four crushed ones
we'll make them with potatoes
There are four bruised ones
we'll make them with peas
 
Abballati abballati
omini schetti e maritati
e si 'nabballati boni
io no ve canto e nun ve sonu
Dance dance
single and married men
and if you do not dance well
I will not sing nor play
 
Abballati abballati
omini schetti e maritati
e si 'nabballati boni
io no ve canto e nun ve sonu
Dance dance
single and married men
and if you do not dance well
I will not sing nor play
 
sciù sciù sciù
quanti omini ca ci su
sciù sciù sciù
how many men there are
 
Ci n'è quattro scafazzati
ni facemu cui patati
ci n'è quattro ammacateddi
ni facemu cui piseddi.
There are four crushed ones
we'll make them with potatoes
There are four bruised ones
we'll make them with peas
 
sciù sciù sciù
quanti omini ca ci su
sciù sciù sciù
how many men there are